BEACHGOERS in Fuengirola can feel secure this summer, as the Special Emergency Plan for Beach Safety (SEPLA), is on the case.
Combining lifeguards, surveillance, cleaning and maintenance staff, and the Local Police, SEPLA has carried out more than 4,600 ‘operations’ since June 15.
In just 25 days, they prevented 2,320 cases of illegal hawking, over 100 illicit massages, and advised 180 irresponsible owners to remove dogs from the beach.
Jose Sanchez, councillor for infrastructure and beaches said: “We’re well aware of the importance of our beaches and therefore no resources are spared.
The purpose of SEPLA is to optimise the work of individuals through better communication to offer the best, most efficient service to residents and visitors.” SEPLA was commissioned to unite the various groups employed on municipal beaches under a single commander, with Local Police inspector Antonio Hernandez the knight in shining armour.
The 14-strong SEPLA team work from 11.30am until 7pm seven days a week with responsibilities including ensuring compliance with local laws and providing information to tourists and residents.