The Marbella Town Hall and the Junta de Andalucía are already working on a comprehensive remodeling project of the Puerto Deportivo Virgen del Carmen that the Consistory will present before the end of the year, with the aim of allowing the municipal concession of the nautical enclosure to be extended for 25 years for its management until the year 2051, as reported by the mayoress, Ángeles Muñoz, on Monday.

This was announced by the councilor after holding a meeting with the general director of the Public Agency for Ports of Andalusia (APPA), Rafael Merino, and the councilor for Beaches, Diego López, where they discussed the reform proposed by the Consistory with in order to achieve a expansion of the management of the marina, rights that expire in the year 2026.

“Our commitment is assume all the requirements that are presented to us from the Andalusian Government to request that the term be extended until 2051″, pointed out the first mayor, who has advanced that, despite the fact that the investment must initially be around 20 percent of the economic performance of the facilities, and that she has valued At about 3 million euros, “we want to go further and promote a radical transformation of the port.”

The councilor has emphasized that from the City Council we are willing to assume the budgetary commitment to undertake the enlargement and the necessary improvements”, at which point he has referred to the fact that he will bet on advances in terms of sustainability; for responding to the new needs of the nautical sector, especially in terms of the size of the boats; for increasing parking spaces to at least 170, and for a greater penetration of the navy in the city.

“We have several specialized port engineering studies,” reported the councilor, who explained that the goal is to have a project before the end of the year “that best suits the demands of the APPA and that guarantee the extension of the concession for another 25 years”.

The mayoress has affirmed that the Puerto Deportivo Virgen del Carmen, which has the blue flag as a guarantee of excellence in management, it is “a jewel in the center of the city” and that, despite the fact that “many improvements have been made over the years, it requires comprehensive investment”.

For his part, Merino has indicated that “we are going to go hand in hand to carry out a great project taking advantage of the petition for the extension of the municipal administration” and has stressed that the nautical enclosure “needs to modernize and adapt to the new times of nautical”.

“The sector has changed a lot”, has valued the general director of the APPA, who has pointed out that the facilities “can become practically self-sufficient in the field of energy”, just as it has opted for the rearrangement of the spaces in the sheet of water and improvements in the complementary and leisure facilities.

Regarding the project of expansion of the port of La Bajadilla in Marbellahas indicated that “the second bidder continues to advance” in the contest after the APPA withdrew the concession to Al-Thani in 2017, which “is in the administrative process”, for which it has been confident that “it will obtain the necessary environmental permits to face the work”.

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