Alcalá’s new Playa de La Jaquita

Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento
Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento

Update 26 March 2015: Guia de Isora’s mayor, Pedro Martin, said that he is proud that Alcala’s new beach and coves have received the VIII Premio Agustín de Betancourt for best civil engineering public works in the period 2010-13. The award was granted for the project’s recovery of the Alcalá coastline for the public, for its contribution to the town’s leisure and tourism, and above all for the quality and ingenuity of the works themselves. The prize is considered an important one, and is named in honour of distinguished Puerto de la Cruz engineer Agustín de Betancourt and Molina. It was bestowed yesterday at the College of Civil Engineering, Channels and Ports in Santa Cruz.

The project first started in 2007, and after seven different designs were submitted to Costas the final form was decided and the proposal granted in March 2012. Work began just two months later, and was finished by the end of 2013 as originally estimated. The works have provided Alcalá with three small beaches, coves, and a promenaded walk shaded by trees in new gardens.

Original post 5 December 2009: Alcalá, in Guía de Isora, is to have a new beach in the La Jaquita area. The mayor, Pedro Martín, has signed agreements to acquire 13,627 square metres of land where the beach is to be sited. Environment Department approval has also been obtained for its construction, which will cost over three million Euros.

Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento added that seven proposals were submitted to Costas before the final one was approved. The one that has been given official blessing includes a promenade, refreshment stands, gardens, as well as the beach which, because of the lay of the land, will be around two bays.

The administrative procedures will now start to release the funds allocated for the project, and to put the works out to tender. The entire costs of the works will be defrayed by the Department of the Environment, as well as those of one part of the compulsory purchase. The Ayuntamiento will contribute around €434,000 for the remaining appropriations.

I wouldn’t be holding my breath for when this will all happen, but it will happen at some point. The mid-West coast is definitely where it is all going to be happening over the next decade.  Diario de Avisos

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