08/08/2012 Lanzarote (KMC) - The mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort is resolutely against the proposal by the Lanzarote Island Plan (Plan Insular de Ordenación) to create a marina in Caleta de Famara. The mayor said that the plans had taken him completely by surprise and are “crazy” and also vowed that “as long as I am mayor of Teguise, there will be no marina in Caleta de Famara.” The comments were made in a press release from the Ayuntamiento de Teguise.
The Lanzarote Island Plan proposes the creation of two new marinas on the island: one in Caleta de Famara and the other for Costa Teguise. This is in addition to the expansion of the two existing marinas in Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca.
Lanzarote already has three marinas, Caleta de Sebo on La Graciosa, Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca and Puerto Calero near Puerto del Carmen. There is also a marina under construction in Arrecife at Puerto Naos. Confirmation of a new marina is welcomed in Costa Teguise, as it is fulfilling an old aspiration for the tourist area of the municipality and has the support of most political parties.
However, opposition to the construction of a nautical base in Famara is not a new one. In 2004, the Ayuntamiento intended on constructing a dock in the area, but were met by fierce opposition from the neighbourhood who were opposed to its construction. Their argument was that the dimensions of the dock were disproportionate to the needs of those who used the beach and it was an inappropriate building for an area that was deemed a natural park, as it could open the door for floods of tourists in the area. In 2005 the Director General of Coasts (La Dirección General de Costas) announced it would no longer pursue plans for the dock.
The Lanzarote Island Plan claims the construction of these new marinas will aim to “provide the highest coastal protection for the natural state of the Canaries, with absolute respect for the seabed and coastal environments.”