ALBERTO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/NEWSROOM
Free access and transit to the country’s beaches, which are a national asset to which all Mexicans have the right, is the main point of the legislative opinion of the Senate of the Republic, approved unanimously on September 29, through a minute that adds various provisions to the General Law of National Assets. The draft Decree was sent to the Federal Executive for publication.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources expressed its agreement with this provision, which strengthens the work that the Ministry has carried out since the beginning of the present administration with the purpose of fulfilling the commitment of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, to respect the guarantees constitutional rules to access, transit and enjoy the beaches of the national territory.
Despite the fact that Mexican beaches are constitutionally and legally public and must remain accessible to all citizens who wish to enjoy them, there are still multiple complaints from citizens who have seen their right to enjoy and enjoy them restricted, for this reason Semarnat has carried out a series of actions for the liberation of beaches.
In November 2019, 30 public accesses for different beaches of Bahía de Banderas, in Nayarit, and others in various states were delivered to the municipal authority, so that these recreational spaces are open to all people in perpetuity, is to say, that no individual will be able to prevent the passage.
Soon 17 will be delivered in Tulum, 4 in Solidaridad and 17 more in Mazatlán and this dynamic will continue throughout the entire coastline until all the beaches have public access, they work so that all the boardwalks are granted to the municipalities, and the intersections of the beaches are not concessional either, the boardwalk has already been delivered to the municipality of Ensenada and that of Acapulco, Mazatlán, La Paz, Boca del Río, Veracruz is in process.
Another action is the approach with the hotels so that they do not close the beach entrances to the community, which has had a favorable response in Baja California, Sonora and Nayarit, the Cantiles de Mita company the concession for environmental protection purposes. from the La Lancha estuary in the Punta Mita tourist complex, Bahía de Banderas municipality, in Nayarit, considering that it obtained the permit in 2016 in an irregular manner and having closed the access to the beach to the public.
The commitment of the Government of Mexico is to open all the beaches of the country to the population, so the inspections by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) and the municipal authority will continue to verify that the concessionaires respect the normativity.