Beef over Beaches

ALM cristobal beach 01 OnLOK, the title has nothing to do with a bovine presence on beaches but beef in the sense of a complaint or huff: Almuñécar is not happy with the Junta over beach concessions.

You see, every year the Town Hall submits a report to the Junta de Andalucia concerning how they intend to run their beaches that coming summer: lifeguard coverage, beach washrooms, access for those with mobility problems, etc, etc. In other words, all the expenses the municipality will incur to make the beaches attractive, safe and accessible.

However, the administration that grants licences for the use of beach spaces is the far-away Junta; i.e., they handle the earnings gained from such concessions, but, according to the Town Hall, with little regard to what the town really needs and where it needs it.

Beach-occupation licences deal with everything from pedalos (paddle boats) to chiringuitos.

This year, however, owing to three licences granted to kiosks by the Junta without municipal consultation has led to the decision by the Town Hall not to submit a report: the allocations, in the opinion of the Councillor for Beaches, Luis Aragón, are completely unsuitable as the chosen areas are already subjected to over development.

You would be wrong to suppose that the Town Hall is against further permanent additions to its beaches; it is pushing for permission to build a chiringuito on the Ponderosa area of the Puerto del Mar – many will remember the old chiringuito there by that name.

Finally, readers will remember the Junta’s order to move the Windsurf La Herradura beach building, amongst others, to the other end of La Herradura bay, even though the rocky nature of the area makes its utterly unsuitable for this kind of water-sport activity.

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