Two beach clubs in Cancun have been demolished 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.
The two clubs were demolished by officials and heavy machinery that consisted of posts, palapas, furniture and poles to mark their area. Vice prosecutor Carlos Maya confirmed the illegal beach clubs and their removal from the public Cancun beach area Wednesday morning.
A concession belonging to Plaza Forum and an area erected by the Mandala Beach Club were both shut down and fully demolished. Complaints came after the clubs were prohibiting the public from using the beach area unless they paid rent chairs, umbrellas or purchase food.
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.
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.
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