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The island of San
Miguel De Cozumel, which
lies off the Yucatan peninsula,
is up in arms against a proposed 550 m pier for cruise
liners near its famous
Paradise reef. The reef is
home to thousands of
colourful sea creatures and a
diving treat for committed
scuba divers. The new project "is paving Paradise to
put up a parking lot for
cruise ships", fumes Bob
Sterner, a scuba diver.
Interestingly, the pier has the
backing of the Mexican
Angry Cozumel greens have lodged an official complaint with the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) Commission for Environmental Cooperation and have accused the Mexican government of having sidestepped its own laws which require that extensive environmental studies have to be carried out for any new project. But for Cozumel inhabitants, it could be a losing battle as the Commission does not have the powers to curtail new developments, eco-friendly or not.
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