Salobreña Blue Zone Rebellion?

SAL Blue Zones OnLThe Salobreña blue-zone system has only been running for a fortnight, but it is already beginning to irritate seafront, business owners, it seems. Some people are talking of it “scaring off tourists.”

One thing is for sure, the Salobreña, seafront-parking areas have never been so empty during the first fortnight of July, so the company running the blue zone is not exactly raking it in, perhaps.

The main beef of the business owners; i.e., bars, restaurants and chiringuitos, is that they are having to pay to go to work, in a sense. The staff in these establishments increases many fold at the height of summer but driving to work and parking nearby is going to cost between €6 and €7.2 euros a day for each employee.

Let’s look at the maths: it’s 60 cents an hour and most shifts are around ten hours or more a day… and there are no special rates for local business employees. So, even if they are working only an 8-hour shift, they’re looking at four euros a day or around 150 euros a month.

Even if a chiringuito has its own parking – El Peñon, for example –  for every worker that parks there, it means one parking space less for clients, so its not exactly encouraged, obviously.

And then there are the people who come to spend a month in Salobreña for their summer hols, but there are no special rates for them, either – you have to be empadronado to qualify for special rates and who is going to do that for just one month a year or less?

Finally, there are those that eye the new autovía connection with trepidation because many holidaymakers, they fear, are simply staying on it and whistling by Salobreña… or opting for Motril’s Playa Poniente where there is no blue zone.

Editorial Comment: A blue zone in normal conditions might be a good idea, but in these cash-strapped days, it only serves as an incentive to stay away. Good idea, yes, but not for the moment.

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