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Profepa shuts down Playa del Carmen real estate project near Playa Paraiso turtle camp

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) has temporarily shut a real estate project that borders a sea turtle camp. The now-closed construction project is located on a property on Playa Paraiso of Playa del Carmen.

“The temporary total closure of construction, work and activities on a property that borders a turtle camp in Playa Paraíso, Quintana Roo,” has been announced by Procuraduria Federal de Proteccion al Ambiente (Profepa).

The closure site includes an area of 980 m² filled with stone material (sascab). On the property at the time of the inspection, federal personnel located a plywood structure (warehouse) of 12 m².

Construction was shut down not because of its placement near a sea turtle camp, but because the project does not have an approved environmental impact statement.

“At the time of the inspection, the presence of turtle nests in the camp was not noticed and it was found that the site is not close to the turtle nesting area, but the security measure was imposed because the project did not have authorization regarding an environmental impact statement issued by Semarnat.”

Area residents denounced the real estate developer for ecocide earlier this week. Photo: May 26, 2024.

At the site, a developer has planned a 44-apartment building that will be 22 meters in height and adjoins a turtle camp in Playa Paraíso. The real estate project was inspected after residents publicly denounced the developer earlier this week.