TWELVE beach bars (chiringuitos) in Marbella are facing uncertain times after a central government order that their licences cannot be renewed.
The bars affected are all along the beaches in the eastern part of the city, including Alicante, Costabella, Real de Zaragoza, La Vibora, El Realejo, and Rio Verde.
The government says that the beach bars and restaurants are on public coastal land and so cannot stay there long-term, and blames Marbella council for the problem.
Now Marbella council has said it will launch an official complaint to Madrid and try and get the resolution overturned, while the opposition has complained that the ruling PP party on the council has been slow to react, since it found out about the order in August.
At a meeting of the full council, the Councillor for Beaches, Manuel Cardeña, promised to make an official appeal.