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Playa del Carmen initiates legal proceedings against Paraíso for denying public beach access

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The municipality of Solidaridad has begun a legal proceeding against a residential subdivision for denying public access on a road to the beach.

The Department of Legal Affairs of Solidaridad City Council have initiated a legal proceeding against Paraíso, a subdivision north of Playa del Carmen. The city says the residents have continually prevented free passage to the public for beach access, saying that entrance point is a pubic road.

René Medrano, the general director of Legal Affairs, explained that an inspection was made after a citizen complained, saying that the security guard prevented him from accessing the beach.

Medrano said that after a review of the cadastral registry, it was identified as a public access area. He said that the city’s General Directorate of Infrastructure and Urban Development left a notification that over the next several days, a hearing will be held between the involved parties.

“I went with my colleagues, the director of catastro, the director of Urban Development and they told me that it is a road to the beach that falls under the Urban Development Plan (PDU) of Solidaridad, adding that they do not have permits or any agreement to privatize public access to the beach,” he explained.

He said that after this complaint, inspectors will be sent to all beach access roads, including places like Playacar, where booths are in place to control access, despite the fact that the agreement signed with the past municipal administrations did not specify this restriction.

“It is the policy of this municipal administration to take special care in public access to the sea and to monitor not only those that are open and maintained, but to open those that are illegally closed and look where we can open new accesses to the beach because it is for the enjoyment of all,” he stressed.

So far, there are no sanctions or closures in the case of Playa Paraíso, however, Medrano did not rule out the possibility that City Council will act. He says that for now, parties involved will meet to discuss the issue and come to a resolution.