€5 million investment to boost Mijas beaches and jobs

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BEACH BOOST: The investment is expected to create 600 new jobs, rising to 1,000 in the summer. Photo Credit: Ayuntamiento de Mijas

BEACH entrepreneurs in Mijas are planning to invest €5 million and create 600 new jobs in the town.

The move comes after beach bars in the area have been officially recognised after almost 40 years of waiting.

They will now have legal protection from the council thanks to the amendment of Article 135 of the General Urban Plan.

The change gives entrepreneurs the freedom to invest in and improve their premises without the need to jump through administrative hoops on an annual basis.

Mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado recently met with the president of Malaga province’s beach entrepreneurs, Manuel Villafaina, along with Councillor for Beaches, Andres Ruiz, to talk about the industry.

“Tourism generates the most jobs in the town and we simply couldn’t keep these businesses in constant legal insecurity,” said mayor Maldonado.

Councillor Ruiz agreed and commented: “Since the 1980s the beach bars have not been included in the General Plan so this is a historical moment, and is down to the good understanding between both parties.”

For his part, a delighted Manuel Villafaina said: “When a company does not have legal security it is afraid of investment, so for us this is sensational news that will enable us to modernise our facilities and adapt them to new technologies.”

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