Update 10 January 2015: Whether La Caleta’s new harbour gets the final go-ahead or not, it will have a new 5* hotel by 2017. Flanders 10 Invest, through Barceló Hotels & Resorts, will be building the Barceló Corales Suites Resorts, whose foundation stone was laid in a ceremony yesterday including current Canarian president Paulino Rivero, Tenerife president Carlos Alonso, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Willy Deceunick of Flanders10Invest, and Simón Pedro Barceló, co-president of the hotel chain.
Some 300 jobs will be created by the development, and the hotel will be a major component of the “upmarketisation” of La Caleta, ocupying 33,000 square metres with views of La Enramada beach and, of course, La Gomera. Designed by Tenerife architect Leonardo Omar, the development will comprise two separate buildings, one of them, with 121 suites, dedicated to adult-only holidays; the other will contain 114 apartments for families. The hotel will have three communal pools and 51 private ones, four restaurants and three bars.
Update 22 November 2013: Around 200 people in just a few days have formed a pressure group which they say is already working to prevent the new harbour. The group says that similar plans were around in 2007 but were rejected by Adeje Ayuntamiento, and that with the worsening economic situation over the past five or so years, there is even less reason to proceed now. Ashotel and Puertos de Tenerife have received support, however, from the Tenerife Cabildo, which sees the possibility of generating the very economic benefits that locals say are lacking.
Miguel Galindo, the councillor who is at the head of the new pressure group ” No al puerto de La Enramada” says that those in opposition will not support plans to turn Adeje into the “new Miami”. To me, there seems to be an inherent contradiction between this stance and the group’s argument that the economy is too poor and cannot be improved this way. If there is any chance that Adeje would indeed be a “new Miami”, then that would involve considerable economic benefit … and so opposition would be opposition for opposition’s sake …
Original post 19 November: If all goes to plan, the La Enramada area of La Caleta in Adeje will have a sports harbour within a few years. Ashotel, business leaders (Círculo de Empresarios del Sur – CEST) and Puertos de Tenerife support the idea, which would see an investment of over €50m into the plan. At present, a commitment to at least that amount has been made by Vega A Inversiones, and the project is awaiting publication in the BOC: at that point the full extent will be known, and it will be possible for the public to express its own opinion. That opinion is likely to lead to a heated debate, because there is significant opposition to the plans in La Caleta itself.
Adeje’s Mayor Fraga, finding himself in the middle of a dispute between “the money” and local opposition, has to some extent sat on the fence, making comments about both environmental damage and business opportunities. The La Caleta Residents’ Association, however, is clear: “this is not a viable plan, it is not necessary, nor is it a priority for Adeje”, said its president Leticia Rodríguez in an interview with Diario de Avisos. The association is to meet this Friday to plan its next moves. Sra Rodríguez said that the area involved in the plans is huge, and that most of the current local businesses are against the proposals.
Outside businesses, however, clearly see room for development, and profit, and may well have sufficient clout to drive this through. For many it might seem a win-win situation with La Caleta either remaining the charming little Canarian fishing village that it currently is, or developing into a new – and very upmarket – Puerto Colon. Time will tell.