Here's some history of Puerta Maya.http://www.nytimes.c...sts-waters.html
There was strong local support for building a new pier or piers, but not in that location. According to the local referendum on Puerta Maya, 60% of the votes opposed the Paradise Reef location. The 60% is pretty good considering the widespread reports of Joaquin Haces bussing the workers to vote in all the voting locations. The townspeople supported building a pier downtown and north of town near Beatrice Joaquin's house.
This Consortium H building project was the first attempt to transplant coral and sponges. Praise! Some biologists had doubts it would work. Naysayers! But we'll never know as a Celebrity ship dropped and dragged an anchor and wiped out the entire transplanted undersea garden. Oh damn!
During the Green Peace "takeover" I was riding in a small zodiac that was filming the event. This was the second time I thought I would be murdered by government officials in Mexico.
Among the numerous environmental protections decreed in the permits was to leave 49% of the vegetation intact. Joaquin Haces went for the scorched earth policy and wiped it all out. In the latter stages of construction, Haces had lost all his political connections (Ruiz Massieu brothers both dead), Mario Villanueva was on the run and he had no more financing to finish the project. This is when the ecocide of Paradise Reef caught up with him. He was arrested, yes the man Joaquin Haces Calvo sat in jail for two weeks not being able to pay the environmental fine of $500,000 dollars. Carnaval Cruise Line agreed to pay his bond and this was guaranteed by Don Nassim Ibarra. This ultimately led to CCL purchasing all remaining interest in the pier and Sr. Haces fled the country for Spain, leaving behind assorted demandas, debts and other arrest warrants.
Given his history on the island, I was surprised to see Joaquin Haces return with a project of building the biggest aquarium in the world project. Is the aquarium open yet? How are the transplanted baby corals and sponges doing?
Given the history of Cozumel, nothing would ever surprise me. The island possesses an infinite ability for both positive and negative, good or evil, but money, especially money in the right places will always "trump" everything with maybe the exception of "the Donald".