Bars and homes torn down to restore coast
28 March 2006, MADRID – Spanish authorities have so far demolished 63 structures along the country’s coasts as part of a programme to return the seashore to its natural state, an Environment Ministry official announced Tuesday.
28 March 2006
MADRID – Spanish authorities have so far demolished 63 structures along the country’s coasts as part of a programme to return the seashore to its natural state, an Environment Ministry official announced Tuesday.
Beach bars, homes, walls, jetties and even a factory have been torn down under the Law of the Coasts that requires that illegal or abandoned structures within a certain distance of the seaside be demolished.
Jose Fernandez, the chief of the Ministry’s Coastal Department, said that a dozen of the demolitions had taken place in Almeria province, followed by nine in Murcia, six in A Coruna, and five in Girona. The rest occurred around the rest of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The official also stressed the success of the Government’s programme to buy up property along the country’s 10,000 kilometres of coast and that the Ministry had a budget of 20 million euros to make such purchases this year.
“There are 122 parcels of land which we’ve targeted and the aim is to acquire between 20 and 40 million square meters every year,” Fernandez told journalists at a press conference.
Another task is to officially mark out boundaries between public and private lands along the coasts to ensure that privately-held properties, such as resort hotels, do not actually belong, in part, to the Government, he said.
“The Balearic Islands, Almeria, Alicante and Murcia are the areas where we have to step up our efforts in this regard,” Fernandez added.
The Law of the Coasts was passed in the 1980s after officials realized that unrestricted building which accompanied the tourism boom had turned much of the coast into an eyesore and was souring many foreign visitors on holidaying in Spain.
(Copyright EFE with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish news