Seven chiringuitos on Salobreña’s beach have been given the provisional go ahead to renew their leases before the Junta de Andalucia – till now, their continued existence was in question.
But it’s not only the beach-bar owners that are jubilant because the Town Hall is also rubbing its hands in glee at being able to pocket between 80,000 and 90,000 a year in taxes, which, they say, will be ploughed back into keeping the beaches in shape…
According to the Mayor, Gonzalo Fernández Pulido, the seven projects handed in by the chiringuitos have received initial approval for the Delegación de Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Andalucía and the approval published in the official provincial gazette – no, not us but the BOP or Boletín Oficial de la Provincia). This public exposition is so that everybody has the chance to make known any objections before definitive approval is given.
After that it is only the dreaded Dirección General de Costas, who eat small dogs for breakfast and cheat at scrabble.
Unfortunately, there is only one chiringuito that is having problems; arguably the best one that salobreña has, ironically enough, and that is Chiringuito El Peñon, who by the way, were ordered by the “Darth Vader” Costas to take down the ramp that gave secondary access to the chiringuito.
Do you get the impression that bureaucracy only exist to ruin viable businesses – just saying!
Anyway, as we have said, the Mayor and the chief of the local council-tax department are doing break dances and high fives because owing to the unresolved legal situation of the chiringuitos, they haven’t been able to levy the Canon de Arrendamiento since 2010, which is a tax on the leasing contract.
Thanks to an agreement between the Town Hall and the Asociación de Chiringuitos de la Costa Tropical made at the beginning of the summer, the uncollected tax since 2010 won’t be charged and that the said tax, once in operation, would be used exclusively for the upkeep of the beaches.
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)