Nearly 200,000 sign petition saying “no” to Cabo de Gata park hotel

ARGUMENT: Ecologists say the go-ahead for the project could open the way to further constructions in the park CREDIT: Genoveses sin Hotel Facebook

NEARLY 200,000 people have signed a petition opposing plans to convert a rural property into a 30-room hotel in the Costa Almeria’s Cabo de Gata natural park.

CREDIT: Genoveses sin Hotel Facebook

Celine Feutry’s petition against the plans for the four-star establishment in the Genoveses bay has the support of five provincial ecological groups.
On Tuesday morning Celine and representatives from Ecologistas en Accion, Amigos del Parque, Genoveses Sin Hotel, Grupo Ecologista Mediterraneo and Equo handed over copies of the petition at the Andalucia regional government’s Agriculture delegation in Almeria while simultaneously another group presented copies to Nijar Town Hall.
CREDIT: Genoveses sin Hotel Facebook

“What more do the Junta de Andalucia and Nijar council need to list to us”, Genoveses Sin Hotel posted on social media.
The Junta de Andalucia has decided the project to turn the so-called ‘Cortijo Las Chiqueras’ in front of the bay into a hotel with swimming pool and parking for 70 cars is environmentally viable and compatible with the regulations governing the protected area.
But ecologists fear the go-ahead for the project could lead to further constructions in the park and too many people visiting the area.
They argue keeping the area uncrowded and protecting the flora and fauna “should be the only priority.”

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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