The Federal Government has not given Dragon Mart permission to start, nor is it even close according to an article in The Yucatan Times (in English):
[It] was denied by the federal government, said the Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, in response to Lopez Rodriguez. He stressed that Dragon Mart Cancun does not have federal permission to operate, and clarified that it has not even begun “any licenses for export of goods procedures, or for persons to arrive in the country as part of the business center.”
“The Ministry of Economy, up to today, has not received any request for any type of application for imports, nor does the Secretary of Governing have applications for admission permits of entrepreneurs from other countries or any kind of environmental clearance. The project is still being discussed at a local level.”
The federal official pointed out that federal government’s policy is open to foreign investment as long as they “comply with all legal elements, and failure to comply with fair trade practices, is not accepted".
I would also like to add that Dragon Mart spokesmen claim it will be "green" and that no trees will be chopped down. BUT THERE ARE NO TREES NOW ON THE LAND PROPOSED FOR USE NOW!!!
A short article about Dragon Mart including the fact that it is supposed to be build ton a greater part of a nature preserve than allowed by law appeared in The Standard, a Hong Kong free daily also in English.
If Dragon Mart should proceed, apparently the investors have agreed not to sell shoes or clothing from China in it. These are significant Mexican industries could (among others) be seriously affected if these items were sold.