Costas has been seeking the demolition of the hotel Médano since 2005, and now a Supreme Court judgment clears the way for the entire building to be knocked down. Back in 2010, there was talk that only the terraces might have to be demolished, or that the building might have a public social role, but now the Supreme Court has ruled that the building is illegal because the hotel’s concession to occupy public land is defunct, and the original project approved by Costas was altered without permission, being built one storey too high and with illegal terraces that jut into the sea like the prow of a ship.
The Court rejected the hotel’s appeal against the demolition ruling confirmed by the Audiencia Nacional, which means that all avenues for legal representations have now been exhausted. The Court said that its judgment took account of public opinion and cultural symbolism, but that coastal legislation must apply regardless of claims that the hotel had been built prior to coastal legislation coming into force. As a result of the Supreme Court’s judgment, nothing now stands in the way of the execution of the demolition order issued in 2010.