RIU Gets Green Light to Resume Construction in Cancun
RIU Hotel chain receives ruling in favor of resuming construction of a new property in Cancun despite the pleas of environmental activists.
CANCUN – The hotel company RIU will resume construction of a hotel in Cancun, located in Punta Nizuc. This comes as a result of a new favorable ruling that revokes the definitive suspension requested by a group of environmentalists.
“Once again, justice agrees and supports the development of the chain’s project after a long commercial dispute,” the firm said in a statement.
Likewise, it indicated that the judgment, issued by the Third Collegiate Court, ruled that there is no legitimate interest in the accusations against the project, since they do not prove any environmental damage.
Therefore, the court considered that no evidence was presented to justify the suspension or the statements of the plaintiff.
So far, RIU has faced 20 amparo proceedings and 3 for annulment. The company has obtained favorable resolutions in the 11 that have already been settled.
It is expected that the construction workers will be reinstated and construction will resume shortly.
Environmentalists will demonstrate against RIU hotel in Cancun
The Seventh District Court, based in Cancun, had ordered the Spanish hotel chain to stop the works of the Riviera Cancun hotel.
This was part of a provisional suspension in favor of 23 minors who sought protection against the project for alleged environmental damage.
The agreement was published in March of this year in the Federal Judicial Council, the effects of the measure were: “The stoppage of the destruction of endemic flora and fauna located in lots 72-03, block 55 of Boulevard Kukulkán Zona Hotelera.” the site in which RIU planned the construction of 533 hotel rooms.
The accusing party argued “they would destroy the flora and fauna, as well as the nesting area of marine turtle species.”
With the recent announcement of the court’s decision, Gerardo Solís, promoter of the amparo lawsuit against, alleged that the evidence presented was ignored .
He also stated that the construction license granted to RIU violates the municipal construction regulations.
It does not have authorization to connect to the wastewater treatment plant. Position supported by the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR).
It was announced that activists are preparing a demonstration in the hotel zone of Cancun, as a protest against the project.