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Cancun Authorities Shut Down Beach Business Charging Tourists For Chairs

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Cancun authorities shut down a business operating illegally on Marlin beach in the Cancun Hotel Zone last week. Police and military removed hundreds of lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas that were impeding the public areas of the beach.

The State Attorney’s Office in participation with State Police, the National Guard and navy descended on the illegal beach club on Wednesday, May 12 to dismantle and charge the involved parties.

The operation began when several complaints from citizens were received regarding lounge chairs and umbrellas being rented to visitors on Federal beach land without a permit.

Lounge chairs and umbrellas on cancun beach

A Mexican Navy ship guarded the perimeter from the water while on land over 150 officers and soldiers dismantled and seized the property. Officials are still investigating the parties involved with operating the illegal business and have not released what charges or fines have been laid.

Mexico Navy on Cancun beach

Last month, two beach club areas in Cancun were shut down by authorities after they were found operating without a permit and restricting the public from the beach if they did not pay for services. The two clubs were reported by residents and other businesses in the area to be operating illegally along Playa Gaviota Azul in the Punta Cancun area.

An area of the beach that had been fenced off by Mandala Beach Club was taken down by authorities and a concession belonging to Plaza Forum was demolished.

Travelers need to know that the government of Mexico has strengthened the laws that prohibit private beaches in Mexico. All resorts, guest houses, condos or accommodations claiming to have a private beach are doing so against the law. 

Mandala Beach Club

As of October 22nd, 2020 all beaches in Mexico must guarantee free public access to everyone.

The Federal Government published the new decree in the Official Gazette of the Federation stating that fines of up to $48,000 USD (1 million MXC) will be administered to individuals or companies that prohibit access to the country’s beaches. 

Cancun Beach

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