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PLAYA HATERS Opposition Grows To Artificial Beach Project

Monday March 12, 2018

PLAYA HATERS Opposition Grows To Artificial Beach Project

Ecologists, politicians and the Cesar Manrique Foundation have voiced their opposition to plans to create a new beach and hotel in Costa Teguise.

The proposed project in Costa Teguise is backed by the Gloria Palace Group, who already operate hotels in Mogan, Gran Canaria and their plans include the creation of a man-made beach in the north of the resort, close to the Sands Beach hotel.

This beach would be created by importing sand from the Sahara and the project also encompasses the creation of two artificial breakwaters and the construction of a jetty to facilitate bathing for guests.

Opponents of the plan have claimed that private commercial interests should not be allowed to unleash any development process on the island that in any way undermines communal environmental values. And that there are already five beaches in Costa Teguise, providing perfectly adequate facilities for tourists.

Other objectors go further and oppose the entire hotel project, citing the damage this will do to local marine biosystems and the coastline, whilst placing further strain on local infrastructure, such as water supplies. Resulting in an environmental attack that is completely inconsistent with Lanzarote’s status as a protected biosphere reserve.

The recent tourist boom in the Canaries has attracted the interest of numerous hotel groups and investors and the strength of the hotel lobby in the archipelago is such that this project may well yet proceed despite the fact that it is clearly weighted in favour of private rather than public interests

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