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A tree overtook a neglected property in Santa Lucia in 2011. Today, the property has a new facade. Photo: Gorbman.com
A tree overtook a neglected property in Santa Lucia in 2011. Today, the property has a new facade. Photo: Gorbman.com

Mérida, Yucatán — The city is more strictly enforcing rules governing untended lots, imposing fines in 2014 double the amount it assessed the previous year.

Although the number of complaints against property owners dropped 25 percent, last year the city got tougher when it came to punishing landowners with abandoned properties, raising fees and raking in more than 3 million pesos.

In this same period, the city cleaned 2,272 vacant lots, an increase of over 23 percent compared to 2013.

Also, the Division of Ecology has closed several illegal dumpsites detected in the city, created on the sly to avoid landfill fees.

Source: Sipse

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