1.- The Cancun local government will vote soon to approve or not the $200-million-peso loan for the beach rebuild project. 2.- Both Playa del Carmen and Cozumel governments have approved the loans. 3.- Cozumel environmentalists are opposed to others using sand from their sand bank out in the ocean. 4.- The bidding process was declared null and void because none of the companies fulfilled all of the qualifications required. 5.- New bid qualifications will be announced this week, supposedly on the 16th. 6.- Seems that one of the reasons that none of the companies involved qualified is that all of the proposals were in U.S. dollars and the approved proposal for the bidding process is in Mexican Pesos. With constantly varying exchange rates, no company wants to commit to payment in Mexican pesos when their expenses are in dollars. IMHO this is the deal breaker right now. 7.- The Environmental Impact Study has only just been submitted and is only about 5% through its processing stage which has a maximum finish date of July 1, 2009--UNLESS, there are complaints from anyone (Cozumeleños?) in which case it will have to be submitted to a public "consultation" which could set back the date even more.