THREE companies have responded to the call for tender issued in December by the Fuengirola council for the construction of a new marina for the town. The mayor, Ana Mula considers this to be the most important new project imaginable which has the potential to change the entire fabric of the municipality. The tender called for a plan which would cover an area of 30,000 square metres with no residential buildings and required the successful bidder to undertake work to stabilise the beaches between the Fuengirola river and the port on the one side and the real stream and the port on the other. In return the successful company would be granted a 40-year concession which is extendable if both sides agree and the aim is to create a port for the people which would become a major hub for both tourists and investment. All tenders will be scrutinised by a panel of experts with the council committing €220,000 to the review project and will expect to have a decision made shortly with the requirement than the final contract be entered into within four months. Once complete, the development will be a magnet for visitors and create large numbers of jobs for local residents.