Tuesday, July 27

The island of Benidorm will host an environmental interpretation center instead of the illegal bar


The island of Benidorm will host an environmental interpretation center instead of the illegal bar


The Benidormense City Council approved in February 2020 in full the proposal to request Costas the pier administrative concession and the current existing building on the island, with the aim of reverting the situation of illegality in which it is currently found. First, due to the existence of a restaurant that lacks a license to carry out this activity despite having been practicing it for nearly four decades; second, for the opening of a judicial investigation for various alleged crimes by the establishment following a report prepared by the Prosecutor’s Office, including the discharge of sewage and wastewater from the establishment’s kitchen into the sea.

The project

The project sent from the consistory to Costas to try to obtain the concession of what was built on the islet proposes the demolition of part of the current construction, specifically the terrace and adapting the façade and other elements so that the new space resembles the maximum possible to the original construction: a guardhouse built in 1959. Or, in other words, creating “a traditional fishermen’s house” but transported to the present.

The project, which is valued at something more than 656.000 eurosIt also foresees that the new building, with two floors and which would occupy practically half the surface of the current one, will have spaces for reception, lockers, toilets and an exhibition hall, as well as exterior terraces that would function as viewpoints. Likewise, to ensure the viability of the center, the operation of a small cafeteria would be integrated, although unlike the establishment that currently operates, the new one would only give “snacks” and drinks service, “Not carrying out a cooking activity intensively”, according to the information to which this newspaper has had access.

Knockdown order

On the current building there is a demolition order issued in 2019 by the Ministry for Ecological Transition because the space is included in the maritime-terrestrial public domain area, despite which, until the start of the pandemic, andThe establishment has continued to function normally.

Ecological value: Protected area and included in the natural park

The Benidorm island It is a space of great ecological value, which is part of the natural park of the Icy saw, the first maritime-terrestrial approved by the Generalitat in 2005. In addition, the islet was declared a protected area by the Consistory in 1966 and since 1990 it also has a special protection plan. Among the reasons for the environmental richness of this place, it should be noted that there is the largest colony of paíños, a small aquatic bird, with very peculiar characteristics, in the entire Mediterranean. In addition, it has an important oceanic posidonia colony and the species that inhabit its seabed are also considered of great wealth.


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