The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has demanded that central government “launch urgently once and for all projects to stabilise the beaches of the municipality.”
Muñoz , who yesterday visited different coastal areas affected by the storm, pointed out that “we have to protect our coasts and the only way is with a powerful and determined investment, which has to come from a competent administration”.
Bad weather hit the coast of Marbella hard on Friday, causeing significant damage to many beach bars and on the promenades. Many urbanisations suffered flooding as well as damage from falling trees.
The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) will keep the orange alert (significant risk) activated until midnight due to strong waves throughout the Malaga coastline. In addition, there is also a yellow alert for wind, with gusts that could reach 70 kilometrs per hour. Many of Marbella’s beaches also had their sand washed away.
Muñoz commented that once the storm passes “we will be able to make a precise balance of the damage suffered on our coastline and we will request the authorities to carry out a study and economically compensate the investment that we are going to have to make to put again the beaches in order”.
She also highlighted the work carried out by the City Council’s Beaches Delegation “to try to mitigate the effects of the wind”, that has seriously affected the municipality, “with damage to beach bars, the coastal path, sanitation and elements such as assisted bathing.”
The most seriously effected areas were by La Venus de Marbella, as well as Puerto Banús, next to Río Verde, and in San Pedro Alcántara.
Muñoz demanded that the Ministry “hears us once and for all.”