Dueling Protests Over Stalled Almería Resort Project

Hotel Algarrobico
Hotel Algarrobico

Days after Greenpeace activists repainted a half-finished hotel resort to spell out “Hotel Ilegal,” hundreds of residents of the nearby town staged their own protest to support the controversial Hotel Algarrobico development.

New signs on the hotel proclaimed, “Hotel sí, Trabajo sí” (“Hotel, yes, Work, yes”). The group also painted over Greenpeace’s sign to make it read, “Hotel Legal.”

“Honestly, the residents want the hotel to open,” event organiser Pascual Diaz told Olive Press. “We don’t know if it’s legal or not, but it would mean a great boost in employment in the area.”

The hotel, which sits on an undeveloped stretch of coastline, has been the subject of deep controversy for years. In 2006 the courts ruled the half-finished Hotel Algarrobico was illegally approved for a site reserved for pristine parkland.

While the developers and local government agencies battled the courts, the giant white building became a symbol for environmentalists, who used the hotel’s construction as a symbol of the excess of the building boom.

The hotel was scheduled for demolition, but in April an Andalusia court overturned the ruling, throwing the future of the project in doubt.

If nothing else, this week’s protests were a sign the controversy over the project is sure to continue. Greenpeace certainly made it clear it is ready to continue the fight over the project. The protest this week was described as its largest-ever in Spain, attracting 100 protesters.
Greenpeace calls the hotel “the black spot on the Spanish coast.”

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  • Strange how the ecologists are quiet about the other eyesore in Carboneras – the giant (and very dirty) Endesa power station. They are also quiet about the damage caused to the environment by the huge expanse of plastic farms in Almería. The Hotel Algarrobico is a mess, and probably irreparable, but we have larger problems.

  • The link to the Andalucian court ruling doesn’t work.

    The fact that there may be other eyesores doesn’t alter the fact that if the hotel was built illegally it should be demolished, otherwise other greedy developers would be tempted to do the same.

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