Q. Roo Unruly Tourists Can help to eliminate Jail Time And Fines By Cleaning Seaweed Off Popular Cancun Beaches

Those who don't mind urinating in public places, littering and consuming alcoholic beverages on public highways can avoid fines and jail time by joining the Sargassum cleaning squad in Cancun.

Local judges have allowed this kind of punishment within the last couple weeks. This idea was provided to the Playa del Carmen authorities by the Zomefat (your body in charge of beach maintenance).

“We talked to the civic judges a week ago to propose this initiative of getting people do community service instead of having to pay other types of fines.” 

“This notion piqued the curiosity of numerous judges,” Lourdes Vargues Ocampo, head from the Zomefat Institute, said of the initiative.

People that like to get this done community service do not have to pay fines or go to jail to pay for their debt to society.

Note that the campaign is aimed exclusively at those who have committed “administrative offenses.” Actual criminal action is from the deal.

Offenders are assigned a certain number of community service hours that they have to perform to become officially released.

“We'd 15 individuals who did community service on Sunday, 11 on Monday and seven ,” the group said.

The number is anticipated to rise as authorities have warned tourists about some of the -vacation activities- that may land them in hot waters.

Most local restrictions that may result in an excellent or even imprisonment connect with excessive noise inside a residential area.

Because of this, police escort party animals to the famous “torito” where they are brought before the court who are able to impose a fine or imprison them for approximately 48 hours.

Drunk tourists who wander around certain areas or show up at movie theaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs could possibly get a ticket to washing the Playa del Carmen beaches for other tourists.

Not everyone who cleans Sargassum’s beaches is an unruly tourist or a criminal. The Zomefat organization is also giving a regular monthly salary of 9,000 MXN (about 450 dollars) to anyone willing to cleanup the beaches of Playa del Carmen alongside minor offenders.