Student Theatre Group

We have reported on this student theatre group before, made up of pupils from Almuñécars’ oldest secondary school, IES Antigua Sexi. SKS Teatro is a gem that enjoys more acclaim outside our municipal borders than within, but isn’t that always the story. The Spanish have a saying: Profeta en su tierra nunca prospera, which literally translates as: a prophet never prospers in his own land, or in other words, we never value our own talent amongst us.

Municipal Tax Collection

The municipal tax collection service continues to collect complaints from the political opposition. The PSOE socialists claim that the tax-collecting service is a ‘real disaster and chaotic.’ They say that the taxpayer is confused because each different tax is collected in different time periods and the voluntary periods for payment varying in length.

Almuñécar Bankrupt?

The Mayor, Juan Carlos Benavides, declared a ‘suspension of payments,’ which is more often than not, a prelude to insolvency. This is a highly controversial announcement for the Town Hall to make. Many in the opposition feel, (as well as quite a few Almuñequeros in general), that coming after the huge financial outlay on the Referendum campaign, this is hard to swallow.

Tribulations for the Mayor

There are further tribulations for the Mayor, with the Public Prosecutor breathing down his neck over his dubious divorce and alleged fraud to hide his patrimony from possible embargo.

This all goes back to the setting up of a semi private company in the late 80’s with sizeable public funds, giving the Town Hall the controlling shares. This company, Tropicalfruits, went bankrupt and subsequent investigation uncovered unconventional and deficient bookkeeping. It was found, for instance, that the company had been buying fruit at a greater price than it had been selling it.

Cajasol protest in Almuñécar

Employees from a building company, who haven’t received any salaries since November, protested outside the Almuñécar branch of the Cajasol. The company owner claims that the savings bank is subjecting him to a financial blockade, which has caused this shortfall.

Body found

The body of a 30-year-old woman was found on the edge of the beach at Playa Poniente in Motril. The corpse was laying only five metres from the shore and was discovered by a council worker employed to clean the gardens of the promenade.

New School Demand

We have all seen the white sheets hanging around the seafront with large black letters on them demanding a new school, and bemoaning the state of the existing facilities, so who was it the protestors were trying to get through to?

Pervert on a pushbike

Two local females have had encounters with a pervert on a pushbike. The incidents occurred whilst the fair was in town, and both happened on the La Herradura beachfront..

Motril descendents

A story of immigration, but in reverse. Last month the Mayor of Motril, Carlos Rojas, travelled to Albardón in Argentina, accompanied by Head of Immigration, Teresa Morales, to visit the Motril community there.

Sports facilities

In response to recent criticism that the district of Lobres does not have a sufficient sports program, the Area Commissioner, Isabel Correa, offered a detailed list of all the activities currently on offer throughout the area. She claimed that accusations made by the secretary for the PSOE, Arsenio González, were misinformed.

Education for workers

The Town Hall and Education! The Council of Salobreña has extended the range of FPO courses on offer to workers and young people of the town. They are also extending the successful range of online tutorials that began several months ago as part of the continuing educational program.

Taxi Rank for La Herradura

After a long wait, La Herradura finally has its very own taxi rank! And it appears that it is already being put to good use. It is located directly outside the Municipal Market at the bottom of Av. Prieto Moreno at the junction with Paseo de Andres Segovia.

Hotel Playa Cotobro

And talking of hotels, the one on Cotobro beach that attracted quite a bit of controversy during its’ construction will be completed and opening its doors for Semana Santa.
Hotel Playa Cotobro has 64 rooms – but if I remember correctly; insufficient basement parking for the said rooms – and is built mere metres from the beach on a 600 sq/m plot, previously occupied by a quaint chalet and its walled garden. Such is progress!

Almuñécar Bankrupt? (II)

After all the politicians had postured and proclaimed, the Town Hall staff finally made a public comment. A Workers’ committee for the Town Hall personnel gave a warning to the Mayor’s cabinet on the 24th and complained that there was a dearth of information from the cabinet. The committee qualified what had happened as a ‘lack of respect,’ on the part of the political masters.