Profepa has shut down another four properties at the beach. Photo: Courtesy

Chuburná Puerto, Yucatán — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) temporarily closed four lots, citing owners for allowing construction in a coastal ecosystems without permits.

The shutdowns affect a combined area of ​​more than 2,000 square meters.

The action follows a similar crackdown on a Chelem beach villa that rented cabanas and offered its space for dinner parties and overnight stays. The property’s Facebook page has been inactive since shortly before Profepa closed it on Feb. 23.

That property was build years before the present owners purchased it, neighbors said.

Before that, the same agency shut down a pristine beach lot that had been demarcated with barbed wire and marked “private.”

In October, Profepa cited a beach house owner for illegally building a 3.2-meter-high concrete wall that jutted on the beach.

The properties being developed in neighboring Chuburná have completed masonry foundations; three have concrete blocks walls and roofs, and two have concrete perimeter walls.

But the owners did not show an environmental impact authorization issued by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

Profepa sealed the area with seals marking them closed, and will remain so until a permit is produced.

Article 28 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (LGEEPA), in section IX, establishes that real estate developments that affect coastal ecosystems require prior authorization.

The owners of the properties are subject to fines up to 4 million pesos.

With information from Profepa