By John Smith • 14 May 2020 • 17:58
Former Mayor José Bernal
CONTROVERSIALLY, former Mayor of Marbella and local PSOE leader José Bernal has given his support to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his government in deciding not to allow Malaga Province to enter Phase 1 of the lockdown easing.
His opinion is that is important to ensure that the health of all residents in the province is protected and that the decision was one made on the basis of sensible technical detail.
Bernal challenged current Marbella Mayor Ángeles Muñoz to be less of a defeatist and to promote the city as an even safer destination once the lockdown is eventually eased.
He also took the opportunity to remind the Marbella council that the Costa del Sol is not a Partido Popular possession and that towns such as Benalmadena and Mijas which have PSOE councils are coping better and offering greater help to their residents.
He also suggested that if the Junta de Andalucia wanted to move to Phase 1 and protect citizen’s health then it ought to take immediate action to open the new Estepona Hospital as well as start the extension on the Costa del Sol Hospital and the new San Pedro Health Centre.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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