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Author:  Filbert Fox [ Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:00 am ]
Post subject:  Beach Regeneration

At last, there have been criticisms of the beach regeneration project reported in the press this week - about the lack of progress and the quality and colour of the new sand. This is an article on:

My translation of this article, with the help of Google Translate is:
Controversy with the sand of El Castillo beach
Entrepreneurs, traders, institutions and residents have expressed their complaints about the slowness of El Castillo's regeneration works and the lack of information about the project's implementation, changes and delays. But the criticisms not only have to do with the deadlines, but also the sand, extracted from Puerto del Rosario, which is grey; and the neighbours have complained of bad smells.
The group of Podemos en Antigua has publicly denounced, with IU and EQUO, the lamentable state in which the work of "remodeling" of the beach of El Castillo is at the moment, and "the dubious quality of the sand used for its regeneration, that rather than improve the appearance of it, is catastrophic. " The municipal spokesman for the group, Pau Quiles, explained that this coast was a natural cove of golden sand, with great charm, and stresses that "if no one prevents it, then after the works, it will become a shoreline full of mud and sludges ".
The regeneration of the beach has been carried out with "of so called sand, of dubious quality due it's area of ​​origin, which is none other than the dock of Puerto del Rosario, the area where on numerous occasions the pumping station has overflowed, and where there is an underwater outfall where the fecal water discharges of the capital city is expelled to the sea, creating unhygienic sediments, "summarizes Quiles. Next, he emphasizes that the sand is of "cement grey colour", and it gives off an aroma of putrid organic matter".
After 20 years of waiting for Costas to undertake the project to regenerate this part of the coast, the result has been described by the neighbours as "a fudge to save money and not bring quality sand from other places." They also criticize the "unsightly dam that has risen and divides in two this beach, which stood out for its breadth and possibilities for leisure and sport."
"What is most worrying is the unfortunate condition of the works at the beginning of 2017, as it seems to be advancing at the pace of a tortoise when both the Cabildo, the Ayuntamiento of Antigua, Costas and the promoter Sacyr announced that the works would be finished in October 2016, " the most critical parties have reported. Three months later the beach continues to be in the same state and "hopefully won't increase the budget of 1.9 million euros," said Pau.
The PSOE opposition councilor, Taiset Fuentes, endorses the criticism and says that by taking a walk on the beach you can see that this material is not sand, but a mud that "should never have been accepted for this work."
The socialist questions whether this will not be the reason for a remaining budget, "that it would have to invest in the contribution of a quality sand, since this coast is the main attraction for tourists."
"We will see if the mayor [Juan José Cazorla] and the municipal government are going to go out and take a picture of this new beach of El Castillo, which offers a desolating image," laments Fuentes. The socialist also takes the opportunity to ask the authorities responsible for the project to explain publicly the "fudge committed on this tourist beach."
Boardwalk and needs
In addition to all this "nonsense" that, as they claim, has surrounded the "reform" of the existing beach of El Castillo, the PP proposed to allocate an amount of 1.7 million euros more to improve the promenade and expand it, in addition, to continue the walk towards the area of ​​the Atlantico Center.
"We believe that the current works do not give any benefits to residents of the area or to employment, or to businesses, except for the 'owners' of the area, who are the managers of the Barceló hotel, when there is a large population of people who have no public health center, no nursery, no school, no home for the elderly, among other things, "adds Quiles. Services, he insists, which are much more necessary for the population in which to take advantage of the existing surplus.
On the other hand, the president of the Association of Businessmen of El Castillo (Aeca), Francisco Ufano, has been cautious and prefers to remain silent while waiting for the next briefings, and the conclusion of work on the beach.
Problem of "stability"
In October 2015, the general director of Sustainability of the Coast, Raquel Orts, and the President of the Cabildo, Marcial Morales, presented the project and announced the beginning of the work. Sacyr, is the company carrying out these works for 1.8 million and had a term of 10 months, although they have not yet concluded. In January 2017, Costas admited the existence of a problem of "stability of the sand" that will be deposited in the zone in the north of the beach and announced the preparation of a report with technical solutions, which at the beginning of February the Cabildo continues to complain about. Among the main actions is the construction of a dyke at the northeast end with 950 cubic meters of rock and the subsequent discharge of 108,117 cubic meters of sand dredged from Puerto del Rosario. In the south, which is more advanced, 200 hammocks and 100 umbrellas have been installed. The southern area is about 63,000 square meters, but the total area of ​​the beach reaches 146,000 square meters. The Cabildo, which has contributed 1.8 million investment, has demanded that "the work is completed before summer because they have already supported enough the entrepreneurs, workers and users of this important tourist center of the island."

Author:  anjpink [ Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

doesn't sound good at all :(
when i was out November i did think the sand looked a funny colour and thought MAYBE it was a base they were going to use ? until the golden sand arrived
I certainly hope it doesn't go like a sludge / muddy consistency will be a real shame if it does and people do not use it.
Have they spread the sand all the way to the atlantico ?
Pic's would be nice

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

The new grey sand is only going down on the main beach in Caleta, it's not being spread along to the Atlantico beaches.
Photos in the Photo Gallery of www.caletafuerteventura.com

Author:  anjpink [ Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

well its not as bad as i thought it would be ...
however we shall see in March when i am over
Hopefully it wont stink like they are saying , it is different and it would of been nicer had the sand been golden OR like the dunes.

Author:  Deepdale Duck [ Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

The work to extend the beach in Puerto Del Rosario used sand from the same source. Last year they had taken sand and put it over the small beach that was there. This year they have removed the rock pebbly beach to the south of the small beach and covered the whole area with enough sand to raise the beach by enough to notice the difference. The tide does not come as high up the beach because of the extra height of the beach.

This sand is from the same source as that used in Caleta, that being the bay at Puerto Del Rosario.

I reckon it looks OK unless you care that it isn´t golden.

When the beach was used a lot last year the water near the edge did become cloudy. The same when the sea was rough. The sand obviously has finer particles in it, but I expect this will wash out over time.

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:12 am ]
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The beach in :D Puerto looks very nice.

Work restarted on Caleta beach this week after about a month's stoppage.

Author:  Deepdale Duck [ Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:55 pm ]
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It would have been nice to see the beach full of people watching the Achipencos, but I was elsewhere.

Author:  anjpink [ Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

heard the sunbeds have put the prices up ? used to be € 8.50 for 2 beds and umbrella ? is that to pay for the beach upgrade.

Author:  Deepdale Duck [ Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:01 pm ]
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The beach upgrade cost 4 million, so they´d have to hire out quite a few to get the money back.

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

The sunbeds 2 plus a brolly) have been 10.50 for the past couple of Summers.

The beach is nearly finished. I think that it will all be open by the end of the month.

Author:  anjpink [ Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

yup i just remembered filbert after you said that... 10.50 thats what we have been paying for a few years.

i wonder if they are more then? someone has posted they have gone up ?
Can you still sit outside the atlantico if the main beach is not completed

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

They were 10.50 last week - I took a photo of the sign.

The beaches in front of the Atlantico are not affected by any beach work. The new bit of beach in front of the Geranios Hotel has been open since December.

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:41 pm ]
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The beach is open. All the fencing is down and the machinery is off the beach.

A few people lying on the beach at the water's edge this afternoon.

It's still to be finished off with facilities but at least it's open before April!

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:16 pm ]
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Permanent sun brollies are up along the front of the new beach, and lots of people on the sunbeds today. :D 8)

Author:  Filbert Fox [ Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Beach Regeneration

It's official - the powers that be think that the beach is now worse than it was before the regeneration.

The Fuerteventura Cabildo, The Ayuntamiento of Antigua and the business association have had a meeting and are now asking for a meeting with the Environment Minister because of the 'disastrous result'.

Press release: https://www.ondafuerteventura.es/el-desastroso-resultado-las-obras-la-playa-castillo-unen-las-instituciones-fuerteventura/

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