The First Councillor for La Herradura, Juan José Ruiz Joya, met with Junta representatives concerning the planned subaquatic park.
This project is an old one that goes back to the days when Juan Carlos Benavides was the Mayor and consists of dotting the seabed in the bay or around Punta de la Mona with replica Roman-villa ruins and other historical objects like statues, thus creating an underwater theme park for divers.
Sr. Ruiz Joya, who is also the Vice Mayor of Almuñécar, was accompanied by the Councillor for Tourism, Rafael Caballero, when they met with the Junta Provincial Delegates, Pablo García and María José Martín.
According to the Almuñécar representatives, the project was met with enthusiasm and were urged to complete the project dossier.
The objective of the project is to promote tourism not only during the summer but during most of the year, thanks to the area’s benign climate. It also intends to protect waters off our coast precisely via making more people aware of its value by actually visiting it.
Sr. Ruiz Joya said that these objects placed on the seafloor between ten and twenty metres down would discourage the use of drawler nets, which are causing a lot of damage to the seabed flora.
The statues, for example, would be carved from marble or other kinds of stones and would not be harmful to the environment being natural materials.
These underwater features already exist off the Islas Medas near Gerona, as well as off Tabarca on the Costa Blanca de Alicante and the Islas Hormigas de Cabo de Palos in Murcia, for example.
Editorial comment: what a pity that we find ourselves in the midst of electoral campaigns otherwise we could believe that the politicians on both sides were talking seriously.
(News: Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)