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Forced Demolition in Guardamar

The Guardia Civil and Local Police were on hand to lend support on Monday in case the situation got out of hand, as demolition preparations began on three houses located on the Babilonia beachfront in Guardamar del Segura, which definitively lost their concession after a long court battle.

The houses were traditional properties built as “fishermen’s cottages” but fell within the permitted boundaries established by the coastal laws due to their proximity to the beach.

The demolition of the houses by order of the general directorate of Coasts of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition will take place in the next few days. On Monday, workers have placed the security fence, removed telephone wiring and have begun the removal of roofs to facilitate subsequent demolition.

Mayor José Luis Sáez indicated this Monday that he knew, after that eviction, that the demolition would take place during the month of September, but he was not aware that it would begin this Monday.

Building Income Boom for Orihuela

Orihuela has obtained over 400,000 euro from building licences since the new government team took over, half of which is generated on the coastal zone.

The operations approved between July 7 and September 4, more than half of which are located on the Orihuela Costa, are worth a total value of 416,702.80 euro.

The two largest authorisations are in Alameda del Mar and Las Colinas Golf. The construction permit in both cases has had an impact on the pockets of the people of Orihuela in amounts comfortably exceeding 100,000 euro.

The first of these permits is aimed at a major work for the construction of three blocks of 144 homes, on calle Santa Rita, with common areas and parking in the basement. The second, limited to the exclusive PAU-21 complex, is a modified complex of 46 homes with a basement, garage, storage room and swimming pool.

Bike Parking in Torrevieja

Torrevieja town hall is to approve an increase in the number of locations where bicycles can be parked in the town, announced in direct response to the celebration of European Mobility Week.

The new bike parks will be installed in plazas, with three locations in the town centre being identified, and one in La Mata.

Torrevieja has a network of bike lanes, the most popular running along the path of the former railway line, but users have criticised this path for many years due to the neglect and poor maintenance.

No Fireworks for Parties

The provision of fireworks for Torrevieja to celebrate local fiestas is proving a bit more complicated than the town hall had envisaged, resulting in the likelihood being that the “pyromusical” show and end of summer spectacular, which the mayor, Eduardo Dolón, stated in the July plenary session that his intention was to celebrate at the end of the season, will not be possible.

The councillor for fiestas, and first deputy mayor, Rosario Martínez, explained that the dispute between the two companies that are fighting to take over this service is still far from being resolved. The most optimistic estimate is that it will be resolved within the next month, but by then the councillor assumes that there is little point in celebrating this spectacle, already in the middle of the low tourist season. On the calendar the next big event would be the La Purísima festivities. Nothing is ruled out, but, in any case, she insists, it is too early to venture with dates.

Sports Tourism in the City of Salt

From November 23 to 25, the International Congress of the Scientific Association of Sports Tourism Management will be held in Torrevieja, organised by the University of Alicante, together with the Departments of Tourism and Sports of Torrevieja Council.

The congress was announced by the Councillor for Tourism, Rosario Martínez, accompanied by the councillor of Sports, Diana Box, and José Norberto Mazón, director of the Torrevieja University Headquarters, among others.

The event consists of a scientific part aimed at researchers who will present their work on the greatest innovations in the theory and practice of sports tourism at an international and national level, and will feature talks by experts on the subject, whose attendance will be free, and will be held at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre in Torrevieja.

The congress pivots around four fundamental pillars: sustainability, technology, management and health.

Biking in Benidorm

As many towns and cities across Spain are joining in with European Mobility Week, Benidorm held a special “bicycle day”, with a route that took in both the coastal zone and the Serra Gelada Natural Park.

Among the participants was the Councillor for Mobility, Francis Muñoz, along with other members of the government team, including the regional deputy José Ramón González de Zárate.

Francis Muñoz emphasised that “Benidorm is a city by and for bicycles”, that it has “more than 117 km of bike lanes” and that, “being very flat, it allows for comfortable pedalling.” The councillor clarified that “in less than ten minutes” you can travel from top to bottom by bicycle.

The use of bicycles could become more popular in Benidorm soon as plans are now being submitted for the creation of the mandatory low emission zone.

Visit the Navy in Alicante

A Spanish naval patrol boat is docked in Alicante harbour, and open to the public today for guided visits.

The “Infanta Cristina” docked in Alicante on Monday on her last stopover of a tour before ending her operational life after 43 years of service to Spain.

“Infanta Cristina”, coded P-77, can be visited by the public from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Before docking in Alicante, the ship has made two stops in Malaga and Marín and is completing its last voyage as a tribute to the sailors who have been part of its crew over the last four decades.

The ship, in forty-three years of service to Spain, has travelled 630,000 nautical miles, a distance that is approximately equivalent to 28 times around the world. She has visited 87 different ports, both national and foreign, serving a total of 29 commanders and more than 1,500 sailors.

Senior Support in Alfas

The Alfàs del Pi Council has renewed the collaboration agreement that it has had for years with the Association of Retirees and Pensioners Racó de l’Albir, an entity established in 2012 that has around 450 associated people from more than a dozen nationalities.

With the signing of this agreement, the aim is to promote actions aimed at improving the quality of life of older people, from carrying out activities of a socio-cultural nature, such as trips, excursions, courses or days of coexistence, and other recreational and leisure nature, such as theatre, art or games workshops.

The doors of this group are open to all people over 60 years of age. You only have to pay a symbolic annual fee. Francisco Pérez, who has been leading the group for years, wants to encourage retirees and pensioners from l’Alfàs to visit the association’s headquarters, located on Avenida Oscar Esplá, and learn about the different activities that are organised.

Cosplay in La Vila

More than 3000 people from all over the Valencian Community participated in the third edition of the Japanese Manga and Culture Fair in Vila Joiosa.

The Cosplay contest and the Soft Combat were the two most popular activities and with the highest attendance at the third edition of this meeting between fans of Japanese culture.

The fair opened with a percussion of Japanese rhythms with dozens of activities were organised throughout the day.

The Councillor for Youth, Carlos Soler, highlights the high participation in all the activities. “Without a doubt, the fair has been a great success as we have been visited by fans from Alicante, Valencia and Castellón, so Vila Joiosa is positioning itself as a reference in this type of leisure events for young people”.

Running in Finestrat

A young runner from Finestrat, Jaume Llorca Mingot, achieved 1st position in the juvenile’s group, winning the Cross Lagos de Rabasa held in Alicante.

Llorca ran for CE El Portell de Finestrat and managed to win after overcoming the 10 kilometres of circuit with a positive slope of 180 in 51 minutes.

The next challenge for this young runner, who has switched from triathlon to mountain races, will be at home in Finestrat this coming Saturday, when he takes on the Faldes Puig Campana.

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