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López Obrador says no response from Vulcan Materials regarding offer to purchase Playa del Carmen land

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported that he has not received a response from the Directors of Vulcan Materials (SAC-TUN—formerly Calica).

He says he has had no response to the proposed purchase of more than 2,000 hectares of land outside Playa del Carmen. He made the offer in July of this year to purchase the land they were using for stone extraction.

“They are one of those companies who are waiting for the government to end. They think that what was before, how it was before, will return. (…) We made them a good offer. We are buying everything from them and even so, they do not respond, so we are going to continue waiting.

“We are talking about the jungle, we are talking about mangroves and there are like 2,400 hectares,” he said during his Wednesday morning press conference.

He recalled that in previous six-year terms, this company was dedicated to extracting stone material to send to the United States. However, it destroyed the environment of one of the most important areas in the world, so now the Government of Mexico intends to rescue that area by creating an ecotourism development.

The Directors have not responded since July of this year when the president sent, through Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, the appraisal for around 6 billion pesos.

In the Treasury Room of the National Palace, he stressed the importance of protecting that place because it has areas of mangrove and tropical jungle with endemic flora and fauna.

In July, the Government of Mexico offered to purchase the 2,400 hectares of land from Vulcan Materials. Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, hand delivered the letter of purchase for more than 6.5 billion pesos.