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Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The municipal government will begin to put order to the Palaperos beachside restaurants in the management of their solid waste, since they leave a mess on the boardwalk and accumulate their trash, with runoff to the beach area, said the director of Ecology and the Environment, Lourdes Sanjuan Gallardo.
I think that here we have to start to put order, we are going to try to see how we can coordinate the different instances, Senior Officials, Public Services and Ecology so that they put the garbage in its proper place.
Regarding the proposal to sanction citizens who leave their trash lying on the beach, he commented that this area is federal and the municipal government has no powers to fine, except in the case of the Malecon.
Public Security is the only one empowered by the Police and Good Government Branch to be able to refer a person to the Courts and receive a fine.
San Juan Gallardo
I mention that they have no power to fine; the other is that it is a federal matter, and if a case reaches the court, they are going to have to let it go because it is a federal area and it is not a municipality, ”he pointed out.
He said that although Ecology is limited in the federal area, municipal Public Services can enter to regularize the businesses that leave garbage in the tourist area and can exercise a fine for leaving the waste out of hours and accumulating it on the Malecon.
Lourdes Sanjuan considered the proposal to apply fines to those who throw trash on the beach as a very good option; however, she added there are legal issues that people do not know and that is not being taken into account in this citizen initiative, such as the powers and powers of municipal agencies.
The issue is that the municipality with the powers that the Bando and the Sustainable Development Regulations give us, we have no powers for that, we can only do it on the boardwalk, the boardwalk here is ours, but the beach area is not, he indicated.
Among the viable actions, he said, is the operation of a surveillance patrol that supervises that people put their waste in its proper place and, another more drastic measure, would be to prevent people who enter the beaches from doing so. plastic or disposable that they can leave on the beach.
He said that the problem goes further, because despite the fact that in some areas there are even organic and inorganic containers, beach visitors rummage through the garbage and put food in all the deposits.
The problem with the beach area is that we have to educate people to take the garbage, take it out of the beach area, and put it in a trash container on the boardwalk.
On the other hand, I indicate that what we need here is a very strong awareness campaign, where the commercial and tourist sector participates, because until we change the laws, it is impossible for ecology to charge a citizen with a fine
From 3 to 5 minimum wages, the Police and Good Government Branch establishes as a sanction those who throw garbage in public places.
Public Security is the only one empowered by the Police and Good Government Branch to be able to refer a person to Court and receive a fine, that Ecology cannot do, we do not have powers to do so.
Lourdes Sanjuan Gallardo, Director of Ecology and Environment
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
– Operation of a surveillance patrol that supervises that people put their waste in its proper place.
– Prevent people who enter the beaches from doing so with plastic or disposable that they can leave on the beach.