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March 02, 2011

Partial Authorization for Cabo Cortes

by Fay Crevoshay
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Until Cabo Cortes developers show that there will be no negative impact on marine life and the coral reef of Cabo Pulmo, the development of Cabo Cortes will not receive authorization to start construction in the areas that will directly affect the ocean. On the other hand, developers have been authorized to start construction inland.

"We have to make an unrestricted defense for the environmental values of the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park," said Luis Fuello, Director of the Commission for Natural Protected Areas, at a press conference in a hotel in Los Cabos. He explained, "that’s why parts of the planned construction are deferred for the moment, until we have a baseline study that allows us to have accurate information about the physical, chemical and biological impact that the project will have on the Cabo Pulmo National Park.” 

Undersecretary for Environmental Protection of the Secretary of the Environment, Mr. Mauricio Limón said that, “the project has been partially banned, but it has authorization to start construction on some projects. This means that it has a conditional partial approval. All those works that will have a marine impact have not been authorized until we have the information that will insure that Cabo Pulmo’s reef is not going to be affected." 

Judith Castro, a member of the Cabo Pulmo community, said they were not very happy with the resolution. “All construction activities in the area will affect the reef.  The authorities don’t realize that the construction and the arrival of workers to the area will affect the reef because the pollution always ends up at sea," she explained. “We will continue to fight the development," she added.

According to Enrique Castro, another resident of Cabo Pulmo, Los Cabos is not capable to provide services to another city as large as the one planned for Cabo Cortes. Just like in San José del Cabo and San Lucas, the arrival of more people will create gaps in services such as housing, health, safety and education, impacting all communities in the region.