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A ‘Major Incident’ declared after thousands rush down to beaches in Southern England

As the record for the highest temperature of the year so far is beaten again, places like Sandbanks and Bournemouth have been heavily hit with crowds. Regardless of warnings to avoid such areas, illegal parking and gridlocks were reported, as sunbathers headed down to the coastal areas The local council leader was apparently appalled by […]

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BANNED: Cars to be prohibited near Costa Blanca beaches

ACCESS to La Barraca Bay and  Portitxol Playas in Javea will be closed to cars next summer to safeguard bathers. The tourism department claims the roads leading to the beaches have become increasingly clogged with traffic, much of it parked illegally, and ambulance access was proving increasingly difficult. There is also a risk to pedestrians, as […]

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Kept safe by the Red Cross of the Costa Blanca

WITH the start of September signalling the formal end of the traditional high summer season on the Costa Blanca and the exodus of Spanish tourists, figures have been released on the beach activities of the Spanish Red Cross. Across the Alicante Province, they have operated on 26 beaches with more than 100 people being deployed […]

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Safer beaches promised by Costa del Sol council

MARBELLA COUNCIL is updating its beach surveillance points, adding 15 new ones along the coast and all will, for the first time, be equipped with public address systems. Councillor Manuel Cardeña said that this was an important initiative needed to safeguard those using the beaches and ensuring that rescue and lifeguard services will increase their […]

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Migrants rescued from small boat and taken to Benidorm

SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO, the organisation responsible for maritime matters involving the sea around the coast of Spain has rescued seven migrants adrift in a small boat 70 kilometres off the coast of Benidorm. They were alerted to the plight of the migrants by the captain of a fishing boat which had spotted them and it was […]

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New police dog unit sniffs out Costa Blanca criminals

VILLAJOYOSA Local Police have a new division – the Canine Unit. The unit, consisting of three dogs, will work with trained agents and officers to detect illegal substances in parks, gardens, beaches, schools and vehicles. At a special ceremony Andreu Verdú, mayor, and councillor for security Jaime Ramis met the officers and their dogs. Jaime […]

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Costa del Sol ex-mayor claims his plans beach plans were ignored

MIJAS’S Popular Party (PP) leader Angel Nozal is pushing for investment to stabilise the town’s beaches whose erosion is reportedly placing sea-front properties at risk. Nozal – who is running to be mayor in 2019 – expressed his concerns in a centre-right PP press release. He wants an €80,000 prevention plan, he studied while serving […]

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Costa del Sol town flies the flag for brilliant beaches

ESTEPONA has received four blue flag awards this year in recognition of the pristine state of its beaches and the quality of services provided for them. The beaches El Cristo, El Padron, La Rada and Arroyo Vaquero have gained the certification from the Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (ADEAC). It is a fitting reward […]