New San Pedro beach project meets with objections

2016-03-15 08:00:00

This week, the Environment ministry approved a proposal put forward by the coastal agency last year which aims to protect the beaches along Marbella’s sea front, bringing an end to the loss of sand on San Pedro Alcántara beach due to “tidal activity”.
The ministry concluded that the project, which includes the construction of six breakwaters and a pedestrian pathway along the beach between the mouths of the Guadalmina and Guadaiza rivers, would not produce “any significant adverse consequences”.
However, this conclusion has not been met with complete approval from the town hall or a number of business or property owners which would be affected by the plan.
The new pathway would require the dismantling of existing structures which are encroaching on the strip classified as ‘maritime public domain’. These include restaurant terraces as well as other private properties.
The path’s width will vary between three and six metres along its route from the end of the current promenade until the Guadalmina river. It will be reduced to bypass the both the Las Bóvedas and Torre de las Bóvedas Roman baths.
Sustainability councillor Miguel Díaz said that he was “pleased” that the initiative was moving forward, but admitted that the council has reservations. “This is the project that we’ve been presented with. We’re not saying that we’re going to reject it, just that there are some things that need changing.”
Deputy mayor for San Pedro, Rafael Piña, agreed with the sentiment, saying:“We have not officially stated our objections because the period for them is yet to begin. There are aspects that we disagree with but we will sit down together to discuss them.”source surinenglish