THE PSOE opposition on Benidorm Council sent out a call to reprieve the elaborate sand sculptures on the resort’s beaches.
A party spokesman criticised the town hall’s decision to eject artists from the beaches following an announcement by Benidorm’s beaches councillor Lorenzo Martinez.
The councillor confirmed that his department had not requested the necessary permit from the Coastal Authorities for using the sand this year.
“When we took over at the town hall we came to the conclusion that sand sculptures are not a necessary activity amongst all those that we offer on our beaches,” he explained.
The PSOE disagreed and called on Martinez to rethink his decision. When they were in power at the town hall, the sand sculptures were a regulated activity and the artists paid an annual fee that brought in extra income, the party said.
Martinez repeated that the veto remains in place, but further along in Campello the town hall still allows Gabriel Istrate to shape elaborate designs that take him three days to complete. He has been coming for three summers and said he makes around €70 a week in tips.