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Tulum land conflicts stalling new beach access opening process

Tulum, Q.R. — Conflict over land continues to stall the process of opening additional beach access in the municipality of Tulum. Private and Ejido land owners and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) have not reached agreements to release the required properties.

Calor Salas Minaya, the Municipal Director of Sustainable Urban Territorial Development said that the road connector project between the municipal capital and the coastal zone of Tulum continues to lag due to the disagreements.

He said that while the project is of social interest, the municipal government has to respect the litigation and abide by the legal procedures that those properties go through where the road crossings are to be opened.

“As long as Semarnat continues to be blocked, we cannot do anything,” he said. “We must comply with the rules they establish, and until the land is delivered to the municipality, it continues to be the property of the Ejido or private owner,” he added.

In late December, the head of the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu) for Tulum announced that as part of the new restructuring of the National Park, three new beach accesses would be created.