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Back in May, we wrote about Donald Trump and his interest in building a resort on the northeast side of Cozumel. Well, today, the local papers are reporting renewed interest from another famous Mexican real estate family, the Barbachano’s of Chichen Itza fame. The Barbachanos own a substantial portion of the land upon which the resort would be built. The resort itself is to be called the “Punta Arrecifes Resort” and include 600 hotel rooms, a marina, a golf course, and a private air strip.
This time around, however, the current mayor is keeping things hush-hush. He’s keeping the Trump name out of the discussion and has agreed to scale down the size of any potential development, from 3000+ hotel rooms to the aforementioned 600. In the past, any talk of development of the largely virgin beach areas and mangroves of that part of the island brought a big public outcry.
Will it happen? Who knows… Then again, we never thought a windfarm would be going up on the south side of the island either. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.
Update: September 5, 2011
The local papers are again reporting more interest in developing the beach areas directly north of Mezcalitos, the restaurant on the far north/east part of Cozumel. Some 12 kilometers of virgin beaches, all owned by the Barbachano family.. According to the mayor, the island has lost 10,000 inhabitants in the last few years. Developing this part of the island, he thinks, can bring the island out of it’s economic crisis.
Update: February 28, 2012
Here’s a map and some more info about the proposed development: http://www.slideshare.net/Akumal_Realtor/cozumel-punta-arrecifes-presentation