Costacabana residents ‘happy and satisfied’

COSTACABANA: Dignitaries on soon-to-be-transformed beach.

ALMERIA CITY’S Costacabana beach will no longer be denuded of sand after every storm.

Neither seafront properties nor the Paseo will be at risk during bad weather once what the central government’s sub-delegate Andres Garcia Lorca acknowledged was “a historic problem” is remedied.

Taking action became more urgent than ever following storms earlier this year, prompting the recently commenced work that will take until the beginning of next year to complete.

The €2.4 million project includes replenishing the beach with 125,000 cubic metres of sand. After work is finished the sand will remain in place thanks to four 125-metre long breakwaters and another of 135 metres that will tame the wind and waves.

Garcia Lorca visited the Costacabana beach as work commenced, accompanied by Almeria City mayor Rogelio Rodriguez-Comendador, the head of the provincial Coast Service, Miguel Angel Castillo, and beaches councillor Carlos Sanchez.

Here they met representatives from the Spanish multinational OHL contracted to carry out the work and the Costacabana residents’ association.

Maria del Carmen Montes, the association’s president, said that after so many years of efforts, there were two words to sum how members felt. And these, she said, were “happy” and “satisfied.”

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