FRESH controversy has erupted over the future of the Cabo de Gata’s Algarrobico Hotel, with the Andalucia High Court (TSJA) now ruling that the building licence is legal.
However, the half-built 411-room, 20-storey-hotel occupying a protected beach in the renowned natural park has not been declared legal, only the licence.
Legal wrangling over the hotel has rumbled on for nearly a decade in what the Junta’s Environmental Minister has described as a ‘judicial tangle’.
In May, the TSJA ruled that the land on which the unsightly hotel was built belongs to the Junta, just weeks after deciding it belonged to the local municipality of Carboneras.
The shock u-turn was prompted when six European environmental agencies – including Greenpeace and Ecologistas en Accion – condemned the previous ruling.
Also in May, nearly 100 Greenpeace activists daubed an 8,000 square metre black circle on the front of the building with ‘ilegal hotel’ spelled out in white letters. The non-governmental organisation claims the hotel is a ‘black spot’ on the otherwise beautiful coastline.
However many people living nearby who are in favour of the hotel have voiced their views with graffiti of their own. Residents doctored the Greenpeace message so it now reads ‘legal hotel’. They also added: ‘Hotel, yes! 100% legal. Work, yes – unemployment, no!’