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Mayor of Cancun initiates a shielding process to protect remaining beaches from sales

Cancun, Q.R. — To protect six Cancun beaches against future sales or federal concessions, Mayor Mara Lezama initiated a shielding process through a destination agreement with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

The beaches that the local authority seeks to shield are Gaviota Azul, Chac Mool, Marlín, Ballenas, Punta Nizuc and Coral. The coordinator of the Federal Terrestrial Maritime Zone (Zofemat) in Benito Juárez, Tania Fernández, reported that what they are looking for is a kind of ratification of the municipal public property before Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat).

Tania Fernández explained that the destination agreement is a kind of procedure where it is requested that these federal areas be part of Benito Juárez and thus, no one can sell or concession them, guaranteeing public access to citizens and visitors. Cancun currently has this shield or property ratification on El Niño, Delfines and Las Perlas beaches.

The move came after the construction of a large hotel in Playa Delfines, which for years has generated outrage since the beach area is one of the last public recreation spaces. However, the land was sold privately more than a decade ago and the owners granted a building permit during the previous administration.

Cancun mayor Mara Lezama stressed that the objective is to shield the remaining beaches from sales or concessions.