1.- State governor Carlos Joaquin says that in the coming days, they will begin work to collect the sargassum at sea, catching it before it lands on beaches. The seaweed will be caught in the sea through the placement of ecological fences similar to those used in oil spills. With the addition of specialized machinery, the seaweed will be collected offshore to prevent it from reaching land.
2.- Repaving has been started in the hotel zone and is going well--they are hitting the places with bumps and potholes first and it is going well.
3.- The airport in Cancun is the second with the most passengers in Mexico; it just inaugurated its terminal 4 and the growth rate of more than two million additional passengers each year has forced Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste to include in its budget the construction of terminal 5, for this year or early next year.
4.- Federal environmental officials say they have inspected Cancun fishing nets to verify the installation of turtle excluder devices. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) says they have inspected fishing nets in Cancun to ensure that nets being cast include the turtle excluder device (TED). They say inspections for shrimp trawl nets were done in Puerto Juárez in Cancún.
5.- A new hotel is in its final stages of being granted permission to build an all-inclusive concept north of Playa del Carmen. Once the hotel is granted its Environmental Impact Statement (MIA), the project, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Riviera Maya, says they will begin construction in 2018. The final approval by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) will see the construction of a new 150-room hotel just north of Playa del Carmen.
6.- The taxi union for Solidaridad has followed Cancun’s lead in submitting a request for fare increases. The State Department of Transportation and Roads says that taxi drivers from Playa del Carmen have submitted a request to increase their service fees for 3 to 5 peso reasoning there is already a joint petition with the other union organizations in the state.
7.- We have a relatively new Governor, a new Mayor-elect--Ms. Mara Lezama and there has been a huge increase in arrests for a lot of different crimes in Cancun and Quintana Roo. Hope they keep it up.
8.- Construction on the all-important Nichupte Lagoon Bridge in Cancun is scheduled to begin in May 2019. Riviera Maya News reports that state officials have already obtained environmental permits and resources for the 4.5-plus-mile (7.5-kilometer) bridge that would connect the mainland (the road from the airport) with Cancun's Hotel Zone around Kukulcan Plaza. This is a much-needed project to help with traffic congestion.
9.- The new Consul General of the United States in the Yucatan Peninsula, Courtney Beale, was offficially introduced before state authorities of Quintana Roo, on Tuesday, July 31, in a private meeting at the official residence of the State Government, in the hotel zone of Cancun.
In turn, the new Consul Courtney Beale, highlighted the interest and importance that Quintana Roo has for American tourism, for which she expressed her desire to maintain a close relationship with Quintana Roo’s government.
Sources: Riviera Maya News, Yucatan Times and and other local sources