By Alex Glenn • 20 September 2021 • 12:05
Businessmen demand government expedites projects to stabilize Marbella coastline Credit: Pixabay
Both businessmen and associations have come together to call on the central government to speed up projects in a bid to stabilise the Marbella coastline.
Representatives from the Association of Hotel Businessmen of the Costa del Sol (Aehcos), CIT Marbella, Hoteliers (Mahos), travel agencies (Aedav) and beach entrepreneurs (Aeplayas), along with the Association Espigones Emergidos para Marbella, and the federations of Neighbourhood Associations of Marbella and San Pedro and Neighbourhoods of Marbella have pulled together with a common aim.
Marbella is home to a 27-kilometre-long coastline that in areas has been hit hard due to storms and urban development. The groups say that this along with other issues has “caused a serious deterioration and degradation of the coast, especially the urban ones, threatening in some stretches their very existence”.
The groups believe that restoration of the coastal area is essential for tourism and said: “It is vital for Marbella, for the full development of its tourist activity, as well as to meet the recreational needs of its population, to have beaches with a minimum quality and sufficient size”.
They believe that the beaches of Marbella: “should serve as a calling card for quality tourism, which does not correspond and cannot be predicted with the current state of the beaches”.
“Tourist cities of this level, both within and outside our borders, have seawall and breakwater systems that guarantee the stability of their beaches,” commented the groups.
According to groups, locals are even forced to ahead away from the area when they want to spend a day at the beach.
They added: “We know that the environmental challenges posed by these issues have been overcome in other destinations and we wonder how this is not possible in our case.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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