Greenpeace demands immediate demolition of Almeria beachfront hotel following High Court ruling

Greenpeace activists write 'Demolition' on beach in front of Algarrobico. Photo: Greenpeace via El Mundo

• Supreme Court rules hotel complex built in violation of zoning regulations •

Greenpeace activists on Tuesday demanded the immediate demolition of the hotel El Algarrobico on the beach at Carboneras, Almería, following a Supreme Court ruling last week that declared the hotel was built in violation of zoning regulations on public land, upholding a 10-year-old lower court order that had halted construction on the beachfront property.

After a decade of protests from environmental groups, on Tuesday morning some 20 Greenpeace activists wrote the word Demolicion in the sand in front of the El Algarrobico complex to pressure Spanish government Environment Minister Isabel García Tejerina, while issuing a press release to call on Tejerina and Andalusian regional Environment Minister José Fiscal to order the hotel property be demolished in keeping with a 2011 agreement signed by their respective governments.

Meanwhile, Tijerina told reporters on Tuesday that she plans to meet with her Andalusian counterpart on Monday afternoon and that the two will move forward to guarantee that the hotel will be demolished “as soon as possible.”

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