7 a.m., May 24
Mexico Cancels Baja Mega-Resort Plans
Mexico announced Friday that plans to build a mega-resort in Baja California Sur would be halted. Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderon, made the announcement from his official residence. Cabo Cortes, the previously planned resort, would have been built northeast up the coast from Cabo San Lucas.
Protests and criticism of the plans to build the resort were abundant. Many believed that the resort would damage the natural ecosystem. Critics claimed a nearby coral reef would be threatened. The Spanish developer in charge of the operation was unable to refute the claims in order to begin construction.
Mexico had previously hoped to use the new resort to help boost the country’s image. Many resorts have maintained success, even though the country has been plagued with violence in some areas. Calderon stated that alternative plans could possibly be conceived if they were compatible with the natural ecosystem.
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