THE socialist party in Mojacar has urged the town council to buy the old Moresco hotel in the village.
The 300-room hotel closed its doors in 2009 and has since stood empty and fallen into disrepair.
The Artuto Cantoblanco group which owns the hotel allegedly owes more than €200,000 in IBI (property tax) payments. Group chairman Arturo Fernandez received the Indalo de Oro (golden indalo) award in 2012, and there have been many calls from opposition groups to have him stripped of the award.
Built in 1970, in its heyday the landmark hotel accommodated more than 600 people at any one time in the summer, and was also a destination of the government-subsidised holidays for Spanish pensioners during the winter months.
Socialist party leader Manuel Zamora, lamented the lack of visitors to the village outside the main season and said the closure of the hotel was a “blow to the town.”
Zamora added that the general feeling among residents and business owners is that “the village is dead.”
The socialist leader explained that due to the insolvency of the hotel’s owner, the property could be bought at a low price. He went on to suggest that a hotel chain could take on the running of the establishment, creating much-needed employment in the town.
Zamora concluded by saying the purchase of the hotel by the town council would also prevent a private investor turning the property into residential accommodation, as was the case with the old Mojacar Hotel, now a block of flats.
Zamora will raise the suggestion at this week’s Mojacar Council meeting.