Spain demolishes hotel to save unspoilt coast
22 November 2005, MADRID — The environment ministry is to expropriate and demolish a large hotel which was being built on a natural park.
22 November 2005
MADRID — The environment ministry is to expropriate and demolish a large hotel which was being built on a natural park.
The hotel was under construction in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural park in Almeria, in Andalusia.
It was being built on one of the last remaining stretches of unspoilt beachside.
Campaigners from Greenpeace occupied the hotel last week and called for it to be demolished.
The government's announcement comes after it passed a law last week banning construction within 100 metres of the shoreline of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar.
Jose Fernandez, director general for coastline policy, said: "The expropriation and demolition of this hotel is justified because it is a national park and it's a large building that's still under construction."
The hotel complex comprised eight hotels, containing 1,500 apartments and a golf course.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news