12 April 2015
For more than a decade now, Nerja and Torrox have battled with plans for the construction of a new Marina near the boundary of both towns. Most people with the authority regarding the matter view the construction of a Marina as something necessary, but this is a project that depends totally on the support of regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, since they are the competent authority in this specialised area.
The lack of berths for medium size yachts and the overcrowding of land docks in the area have been just two of the more serious concerns for both the town councils and local businessmen.
Although a project was presented back in 2007 that included 500 berths along with entertainment and parking areas, there has been no progress reached since then. The last proposed location was the Calaceíte beach back in 2011 by the Ministry of Development, although some have thought that there should be a transfer of thoughts to another location.
Nerja council has insisted that la Junta de Andalucía should consider other locations, such as the western end of Playazo beach in Nerja, as provided by the current General Urban Plan (PGOU). In turn, Torrox’s town council adopted a resolution in their last general meeting urging the regional administration to continue the project for the planned marina in the area of Calaceíte. The proposal, approved by all political groups, will create a positive impact for the economy in the town, “which currently requires impulse from industry and tourism.”
Therefore, they urged the Andalusian government to continue with the necessary proceedings to start the administrative concession, so that the interested companies could participate and execute the construction of the port.