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Mayor of Cancun to promote Playa Delfines as World Heritage Site to shield what remains

Cancun, Q.R. — “We are going to shield that piece of paradise that is Playa Delfines so that this wonder is a legacy for all the people of Cancun and future generations,” declared Mara Lezama, mayor of Benito Juárez.

The mayor of Cancun says that her administration will promote the Playa Delfines public beach as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus seeking to protect it “tooth and nail”.

The Benito Juárez City Council stated its purpose, saying “It is to save what we still have left and that nobody should do what they have done to us in previous years. That is why, from my government, I am going to propose that Playa Delfines, everything that has not yet been sold, be declared a World Heritage Site to protect that space for turtles, for being a containment of reefs and for the incomparable beauty that it offers the Mexican Caribbean in a unique panoramic view that has gone around the world.”

Mara Lezama stressed that “we must take care of public beaches because we live in a paradise and today, we must also look at the past and fix what is in our hands. We must also look to the future for the benefit of the generations that come and it is up to us to take care of that environment.”

The announcement from Cancun City Council has come during the controversial construction of a hotel on Playa Delfines. The land was sold privately more than 15 years ago and in 2017, was granted building permits that would double its room capacity from the standard room-per-hectare allowance.

Cancun’s current mayor Mara Lezama, has made it clear that it was not her administration that sold the land or administered the construction permits for the building of the Gran Solaris Cancún.