THE Junta de Andalucia is looking at how to go about demolishing the El Algarrobico hotel on a beach in Carboneras, the Finance, Industry and Energy regional minister Juan Bravo told press during a trip to Brussels this week.
According to Bravo the regional government is “working to see” how to carry out and fund the cost of the demolition operation and actions for the environmental recovery of the zone.
“There is a sentence which will have to be tackled”, he commented, while admitting that the issue is a “problem”, but one which the administration inherited.
He pointed out the cost of the demolition will be very high, and will have to be met by the Junta, but also repeated the administration’s commitment to try and return the beach to its natural state.
The El Algarrobico is located within the border of the Cabo de Gata National park, only 50 metres from the sea. The 411-room hotel was 95 per cent completed when in 2006 the works were paralysed for being in a protected area and violating the Coasts Law following a legal claim presented by Ecologists in Action and Salvemos Mojacar.
Since then there have been a whole series of court rulings and appeals, and for now the structure remains standing.