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Port of Motril sees big leap in ferry passenger numbers

MORE than 100,000 people have travelled through Motril Port during the Operacion Paso del Estrecho, a major transport operation which begun back in June 15. The operation refers to traditional summer journeys made predominantly by African people who live and work in Europe, heading to their home countries for holidays…

Costa Tropical marinas boast best results in years

DOZENS of visitors and locals can be seen these days strolling about the Costa Tropical marinas, an increased activity that reflects the positive visitor numbers registered this year.In fact, there are only around 60 spaces left out of the 637 total moorings distributed amongst the Nautical Club of Motril (180),…

Alfarnate holds referendum in search of a shield and a flag

AXARQUIA town Alfarnate is about to create its very own coat of arms and flag, after decades using symbols with no connection with the village.The town council has put forward a motion to hold a referendum so that all residents of the town can decide on these two important identity…

Major debt faced by Velez-Malaga Council

VELEZ-MALAGA Council has done the maths and the results are not pleasant.The current local government team, through its Financial Department led by Juan Carlos Marquez, announced on Thursday (July 30) that the total debt left from the former governing team reaches €110 million.“The former government not only did not reduced…

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Motril agrees action against evictions

EVICTIONS in Motril are to be a thing of the past thanks to a new law approved unanimously by the town council.This motion was presented by left-wing party Izquierda Unida (IU) to denounce the emergency situation faced by hundreds of citizens in Motril at risk of losing their homes.The new…

Elderly woman arrested after allegedly killing her husband

GUARDIA Civil in Rincon de la Victoria have arrested an 83-year-old woman accused of killing her husband.The events took place on July 21. The woman had alerted the emergency services alleging her 83-year-old husband had fallen from the couch, sustaining severe injuries to his head. Guardia Civil attended the scene…

Castell de Ferro’s fair causing complaints amongst sleepless neighbours

THE festivities in honour of Castell de Ferro’s patron saint, celebrated on July 10 and 19, has created serious disturbances to neighbours and business owners of the area, according to a number of them.It has been three years since the fairgrounds location was changed to a land plot in the…

Fire in Nerja hotel sees several buildings evacuated

A FIRE started in the electricity meter room in a hotel of Nerja spread to the laundry of the building.The emergency services were alerted in the early hours of Thursday (July 30) at around 1.17am to a fire in a hotel located at Calle Chaparil. Local Police, Guardia Civil and…

‘Gag law’ arrives in Motril with fine for insulting police

FOLLOWING reports of the first person in Spain to be charged under Spain’s new ‘gag law,’ another man, this time on the Costa Tropical, will have to pay a €90 fine for insulting the Motril Local Police on social media platform Facebook, using pictures of the officers.Citizens’ Safety Councillor Maria…

€2million tourism drive for Axarquia

The Axarquia region has just resumed its tourism campaign, almost three years after it was halted. It aims to promote the region as a destination and put the spotlight on its cultural, historical and natural heritage. The Junta de Andalucia Regional Government’s Tourism and Commerce Department, together with the Commonwealth…

Urgent aid for Lujar after major blaze

LUJAR is to receive financial aid to carry out clear up work after the July 8 fire which burnt down more than 80 per cent of its territory.The regional environment and urban planning department has announced emergency aid of €345,000 for reforestation and other works to be performed in a…

Police tackle street drinking in Almuñecar

ALMUÑECAR has launched a large police deployment to combat the ‘botellon’ street drinking culture.Concerns were sparked back on July 18 when the partying epicentre moved from the Paseo del Altillo, traditionally known as the town’s nightlife area, to the beach just opposite to this paseo. There, as many as 2,000…

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