Developer Sues Almuñécar

It is hard not to come to the conclusion that the Curumbico Controversy is a problem of Almuñécar Town Halls own making, but let's start at the beginning.

ALM Curumbico WorkBuilt back in the 70s, still in the times of Franco, somebody built a small chalet just above Playa Curumbico, mere metres from the beach. By the time that democracy came and the Junta de Andalucía had come into existence, the house had been in existence too long to come in for demolition for being where it shouldn’t be.

The house fell into disrepair and was semi abandoned when a building developer bought it and decided that he was going to make several flats out of it, making it much bigger than the original building. Amazingly, Almuñécar gave them building permission to do precisely that, despite its location.

But that original house was not the only one that went up above Curumbico because starting in the 60s houses popped up all over the hillside and being almost in the campo, there was no sewage system. This is important to note as a parallel event.

The developer, Berning Investments INC, started cutting into the hillside in 2013 for their ‘development’ and suddenly there was a landslip that left houses above the work site dangling on the edge of the collapsed hillside. Everybody, including the Town Hall blamed the developers for not reinforcing the hillside properly but they in turn blamed the landslip on sewage seeping into the rocks from above, weakening it.

The latest development is that the company is taking the Town Hall to court for prevaricación ambiental (environmental corruption). They claim that they have approached the Town Hall repeatedly since then to do something about the sewage problem but to no avail.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  1 comment for “Developer Sues Almuñécar

    December 23, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    It should be noted that the said developer, a Florida based ‘investor’ with a capital of 100 US dollars that also owns 100% of the 3,000 euro capital of the very company that is doing the (illegal but uncontrolled) work on site (a type of ‘legal construction’ very helpful in some operations), robbed the neighbours not only of their peace, but also of the stairs that gave (legally protected) access to playa Curumbico and of the end of a street, calle Ibiza, that actually had two historical connections with the next one, calle Mallorca, allowing for residents and visitors to walk from Cabria to Curumbico, and from there to the Torre del Diablo and to barranco de Enmedio. One neighbour was even robbed of his land. Previous politicians were alerted but never took the matter seriously, leaving the landscape (and the community) now permanently scarred. This is called dereliction of public duty. It usually does not come for free.

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