Published On: Wed, Feb 28th, 2018

Profepa closed construction in the Chetumal Bay

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CHETUMAL, Quintana Roo.- Due to the lack of Environmental Impact authorization issued by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed the construction works that were being carried out in a property in the Bay of Chetumal.

Inspectors of Profepa went to the property located at kilometer 8 of the coastal boulevard, to verify if it met the current environmental legislation for the execution of works and activities of filling the water areas with stone and soil in a coastal ecosystem with the presence of mangrove vegetation.

An area filled with rubble and sascab, could be observed occupying an space of 464 square meters in the Chetumal Bay​​, with an estimated thickness of 90 centimeters, as well as a masonry wall in the perimeter of the landfill, to contain the stones and a cement base on the surface.

Profepa confirmed the presence of two standing specimens of mangrove botoncillo (Conocarpus erectus) and two standing sea grape trees (Coccoloba uvifera), with prunings on their branches; as well as the existence of diverse coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) both adult and juvenile.

Experts also observed the foundation with concrete material and reinforced with steel rods for columns, in a surface of 16.65 square meters for the construction of a kitchen, as well as a base of masonry fixed with cement, in an area of ​​64 square meters which is filled with stone, has three staircases and is located at an estimated distance of 10 meters inside the water, compared to the filling described above.

On the north side of the property, Profepa inspectors found a concrete construction on an area of ​​74 square meters and in the southern part a second filling and foundation of masonry to gain ground to the Bay of Chetumal on a surface of 242 square meters, and another construction work in process occupying an area of ​​40 square meters.

 

In that sense, a third filling with stone and rubble material was detected on a surface of 48 square meters, invading  the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, which also occupies part of the bay.

At the time of the inspection, no work was being done on the site, because the owner of the property ordered it to be suspended.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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