And the prize for the most ridiculous road works goes to…Yes, you’ve guessed it, last years winners; Almuñécar!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
At the beginning of last month, the PGOU spent its first anniversary sitting on a desk, somewhere in the offices of the Junta de Andalucía, dead in the water. In that time absolutely nothing has happened to it, except collect dust, because the Junta won’t even begin to look at it until the Almuñécar Town…
Leading on from last month’s article about the possible demolition of the Bahía hotel in Taramay, there comes more news. Not only was there a private law suit as mentioned in last month’s Seaside Gazette, but there was also one brought by the Junta de Andalucía and it turns out that it was a good job that the private case existed because the Junta cocked it up. The Junta lost its case against the hotel because it presented its’ appeal one day past the time limit to do so.
The Almuñécar-based Guardia Civil arrested a 36-year-old driver from Cijuela, identified as F.N.H. for resisting arrest, as well as dangerous driving.