€7.175m demolition a 'frivolity,' says mayor

Hotel Algarrobico in Carboneras remains controversial

THE hotel Algarrobico in Carboneras remains controversial.
Its demolition would cost €7.175 million, Environment Minister Miguel Arias announced at a Ministers’ Council.
But now, Carbonera Mayor Salvador Hernandez has labelled the announcement “a frivolity,” given that “there is still no final court order” to destroy the building.
The hotel has become a symbol for environmentalists due to its location at the beach Algarrobico, allegedly violating the 1988 Coastline Law.
It has 411 rooms and 20 floors.
Hernandez also demanded an assessment “of damages caused to the town,” claiming Carboneras had suffered “economic, social and touristic damages” which require compensation.
“The building’s value is €45 million and it has even received help from the European Union,” he said.
“All these administrations are destroying Carboneras,” Hermandez claimed. “But this hotel is like a fighting bull, it has finished off councillors, environment ministers and government’s presidents.” Hernandez has always favoured keeping the hotel to boost the local economy.

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    • Bob Davies

      12 October 2012 • 04:43

      It seems crazy to demolish it. It’s situation is unique and would attract tourist operators to the whole Levante area of Almeria.
      The hotel could be stand alone and the area surrounding it should NOT have its planning status changed to allow further developement, This seems the most pragmatic solution and would not then destroy the Cabo de Dato area.
      I have driven that road and do not find the hotel unsiteley, in fact, it has been designed to fit in well. Being described as a 20 floor hotel actually inflames the issue as everyone who has not seen it assumes it is a skyscraper !. It is built on a slope in the same way that appartment blocks on the Marina de Torre golf course (Mojacar) have been built and is a much more attractive building than those.


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