news and views from Almuñécar, Costa Tropical

Counting the Blessings

Whatever is covered later on in the Almuñécar section, it is probably a good idea to take a stock check of what we have. You see, it doesn’t matter whether you came here 40, 30, 20, 10, or just 5 years ago – Almuñécar is still very much a privileged place to live in.

Real Estate Fair

The was a real-estate fair held in the marquee on Plaza Kuwait (next to the aquarium) to exhibit just some of the 500 dwellings in Almuñécar that don’t have an owner; i.e., newly built and never sold, as well as the many second-hand homes on sale.

Hotel Demolition?

The Regional Supreme Court has just rejected the Town Hall’s last possible appeal against a sentence that will force Hotel Bahía Tropical (Taramay) to carry out partial demolition.

Money from Madrid

The Town Hall, on the other hand, has just decided what projects it will be carrying out with the 3-million euros that it has received from the Central Government under the Plan-E scheme:

Senegalese Party

We went along to the Senegalese party, which was held in the marquee on Plaza de Kuwait on the 11th of December. It was packed. There was live music – some of the ethnic instruments used were amazing! There were also stalls selling all kinds of Senegalese handicraft; everything from paintings, carved figures and traditional clothing to samples of Senegalese sweetmeats etc.

Hunger Strike?

It now seems that the social care association, Adhara, is threatening to go on hunger strike if the Town Hall does not pay them what is owing to them. They say that they cannot pay their workers, who provide home help and other services for the elderly and infirm, if funds are not received.

Paseo Statues

Have you seen the stone carvings on the Paseo del Altillo? They’re courtesy of our Syrian sculptors that have in previous years decked out the Parque Majuelo with their works.

Benny and the Judges

Benny and the Judges have seen a lot of judicial action during December. Let’s start with the big one. Regional press headlines on the 16th boomed out, “Un jurado popular absuelve a Benavides” (A jury acquits Benavides). This was the second time in just two months that Juan Carlos Benavides – against all expectation – walked away from a date with the Judge a free and innocent man.

Cut Jete Road Update

And update on the reopening of this road that serves the villages of the Rio Verde valley and links them to the coast.