67.8 F
Mérida
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
###

Progreso’s crackdown on litter quickly snares 1st suspect

Latest headlines

New petition seeks intangible cultural heritage status for Mayan language

“The importance of the language can be observed from the perspective of its psycho-emotional value or potential", says Cocom Bolio. “Language also creates a sense of identity and belonging; and, at the same time, a tradition or way of life.”

Yucatán’s congress declares high-speed Internet access a human right

Yucatán’s congress has passed a bill making Internet access a human right. 

Wonders of the land: Organic food production in Yucatán

Organic food production is a somewhat newer trend in agricultural ventures, as it promotes a friendlier environmental process, and is overall said to be healthier for consumers. 

US ambassador joins governors of Mexico’s southeast for bilateral summit in Mérida

The US ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, joined the governors of Mexico's southeastern states for an official bilateral summit in Mérida.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Keeping Progreso’s streets clean has been a struggle for years. Photo: Getty


Progreso, Yucatán — A 45-year-old Oaxaca native was stopped by police and jailed for littering just a day after a tough new law punishing litterbugs was signed by the mayor.

Accused of tossing a garbage bag filled with refuse out of his car on Calle 125, near the beach, he was held for 36 hours and released. The jail time was in lieu of a 2,200-peso fine. Repeat offenders will be punished more severely under the law.

The initiative is one of the first from the new mayor, Julián Zacarías, who took office Sept. 1.

Garbage is a chronic problem in Progreso, which struggles to keep up its image when cruise ships pull in. Garbage collection has been called inconsistent and unreliable, and other residents avoid collection fees by surreptitiously dumping trash in makeshift dumps.

Soon after the new law was announced at a press conference, the city organized a mega street-cleaning operation. Approximately 450 tons of waste were collected by 180 city workers, the Unified Garbage Collection Union and volunteers.

Sipse news agency reported that the port city looked “80 percent cleaner compared to previous days.”

Unfortunately, part of the population, mainly on Calles 35, 37 and 38, are reluctant to abide by the law, said the director of Public Services and Ecology, Karim Dib López.

He indicated that about 10 inspectors who patrol the streets are empowered to sanction litterers with fines.

Source: Sipse

{ Related: Tourists officials lament Progreso’s untapped potential }

- Advertisement -

Subscriptions make great gifts

More articles

2 Cuban migrants die in shipwreck off Yucatán coast

Unofficial reports claim that Mexican authorities helped 19 people to disembark the badly damaged ship.

Angels: What makes Adele Aguirre’s new art exhibit at SoHo Galleries so moving

Adele Aguirre's "Angels" exhibit at SoHo Galleries responds to a personal crisis, but will be cathartic to everyone suffering loss. ...

Frustrated animal rights activists blockade Mérida shelter

The protestors set up camp outside of the facility and took to laying on mats and pieces of cardboard to demonstrate their commitment to settling the issue without violence.

Property taxes in Mérida to increase in 2022

Property taxes across Mérida are about to see a considerable increase. 

New ‘come and go’ bus route to simplify rides on Mérida’s Periférico

The new bus route known as the “va y ven,” which translates to “come and go,” began operation on Saturday along the entirety of Mérida’s Periferico circuit.

Cacaxtla and the mystery of its spectacular Maya murals

The Cacaxtla-Xochitécatl archaeological site is one of the most interesting and unique in all of Mexico. Aside from its massive structures and breathtakingly beautiful vistas, this ancient city in Central Mexico boasts a rather out-of-place feature — Maya murals. 

Mexico skeptical over new travel restrictions

Restricting travel or closing borders is of little use in response to the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, said Mexico's...

CFE to invest billions to improve Yucatán’s energy infrastructure

Large CFE facility on Mérida’s Periferico. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht The CFE announced that it will...

What to find in a Yucatecan Christmas market

Located right in front of the high school Centro Universitario Montejo, the market hosts slow-food vendors on the weekends and maintains its crafts and decor market all throughout the week.

Feminists unveil a monument to protest violence against women

Feminist protestors unveiled a monument in Mérida’s Remate at the foot of the Paseo de Montejo to protest ongoing violence against women.