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Héctor Barbotta

Héctor has a degree in Journalism from Malaga University and joined the SUR team in 1992. He is now Chief Reporter in Marbella.

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23/06/2017 17:11

Local

February start for works on new San Pedro health centre

Work is expected to start next February on a new public health centre in San Pedro and is expected to be completed in under two years. The Junta and Marbella council have finally agreed that the former will fund the building on land belonging to th

16/06/2017 19:58

Local

US court orders 'Prince of Marbella's' home to be seized

The palatial home of a convicted arms dealer has been seized on the orders of a New York judge. Monzer Al-Kassar used to live in the villa near Marbella, which was not directly in his name, until 2007 when he was arrested in Spain on a US police wa

09/06/2017 18:40

Local

Marbella celebrates June fair under the watchful eye of security CCTV

The annual San Bernabé 'feria' is in full swing this weekend in the centre of Marbella and the showground on the outskirts of the resort. However this year the good-natured revelry is being closely monitored by temporary CCTV cameras for the first ti

02/06/2017 10:36

Local

Mahiki Beach sealed off by police hours before it was due to open

The town hall in Marbella has sealed off a former 'chiringuito' beach bar on the promenade in the centre of the resort that was about to be reopened as the first Spanish branch of a top London nightspot. Mahiki Beach is based on the popular celebri

02/06/2017 10:21

Local

Two Frenchmen caught stealing at a cashpoint

Two French citizens have been arrested for attempting to steal from an elderly German couple at a cashpoint on Avenida Ricardo Soriano, after an anonymous witness notified Local Police. The men, aged 22 and 28, were then detained after police found 3

26/05/2017 11:52

Local

Estepona town hall corruption inquiry finishes after almost 12 years

The news broke in June 2008 when police arrested then-mayor of Estepona, Antonio Barrientos of the PSOE party, other councillors and council workers after a tip off from two other Socialist councillors in November 2006. Since 2006 a judge has been

26/05/2017 11:42

Local

Former Marbella council bosses quizzed over planning vote

Former councillors and officials at Marbella town hall have been appearing before an investigating judge this week to explain their role in the approval of the town's master plan (PGOU) in 2009. Public prosecutors have complained that 22 last-minute

26/05/2017 10:36

Local

Four arrested in counterfeit goods fraud

National Police officers have arrested four Romanians who were selling fake items of clothing where there were large numbers of passing tourists, including in a shopping centre in Marbella town and a shopping area in nearby Puerto Banús. The prices

19/05/2017 12:00

Local

Marbella will host an annual Ironman event until 2021

The mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, has unveiled more details of the council's agreement to host an Ironman trial every year in the town until 2021. Announcing plans alongside councillor for Sport, Blanca Fernán, Bernal said that each event will ge

12/05/2017 10:53

Local

Town moves a step closer to saving its beaches with breakwaters

At a meeting in Madrid last week, representatives from Marbella council discussed with environment ministry officials their plan to protect the town's shoreline from erosion and restore sand to the beaches. During the meeting, the government's coas

24/03/2017 16:30

Local

Junta urgently takes back control of Marbella's La Bajadilla port

The Junta de Andalucía's port authority has stepped in and taken over the running of Marbella's La Bajadilla port. The marina, to the east of the old town, has been at the centre of a dispute between the company holding the operating licence, Nas M

23/03/2017 20:45

Local

W hotel chain to open luxury resort on the beach in Marbella

A leading luxury hotel chain is to open an establishment in Marbella. On Thursday, the W chain signed an agreement with the Platinum Estates investment group, which is developing a project in the area of the sand dunes at Real de Zaragoza, to manage

17/03/2017 15:40

Opinion

Over to Mijas

The image of Marbella often spreads beyond the municipal borders, becoming an umbrella location for a large proportion of the western Costa del Sol. There are hotels and beach clubs in Estepona that use the Marbella brand in their marketing - and nob

17/03/2017 11:11

Local

Marbella heads to Moscow tourism fair

Mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, led a town-council delegation to Moscow for the MITT tourism fair in the Russian capital this week. It aimed to consolidate the municipality's position as a popular tourist destination in that country. The Russian ma

17/03/2017 10:36

Local

Marbella petrol stations 'illegal for 20 years'

A Malaga court has upheld earlier judgements that four well-known petrol stations in Marbella were built with illegal planning permission granted in 1995 and 1996 when Jesús Gil was mayor. The stations affected are by Marbella bus station, in Nagüele

10/03/2017 12:30

Local

Roman burials can be found beneath nearby beach

The zone adjacent to the paleochristian Basilica has never been subject to archaeological examination but there is no doubt that it is home to Roman burials, after excavation work in 1991 uncovered three Roman graves beneath sand dunes which lie only

24/02/2017 11:47

Local

Court invalidates more mortgage clauses but for different reasons

A wave of other refund claims to banks could be on the horizon, and this time it has nothing to do with the so-called 'floor clause'. A Marbella court has recently found in favour of two people who took out mortgages based not on the standard eurib

17/02/2017 11:16

Local

Legal proceedings started over Marbella FC's new sports complex

Construction of the La Dama de Noche Sports City in Marbella, which was opened on 18 January, was carried out without a municipal licence. Legal proceedings against MFC Sport Arena, the owner of the installations used by Marbella FC and which inclu

10/02/2017 16:45

Local

Sheikh Al-Thani appeals against decision to remove port concession

Sheikh Al-Thani, head of the Nas Marbella group who holds the concession for the La Bajadilla port project, last week communicated by telephone, through a legal representative, his intention to appeal the decision of the Andalucía Public Port Agency

10/02/2017 15:35

Local

Marbella recovers one million euros from Roca in civil liabilities

Marbella town hall reclaimed one of 70 million euros owed to it by Juan Antonio Roca on Wednesday. The provincial court in Malaga agreed that this sum would be taken for civil liabilities in the 'Saqueo 1' and 'Saqueo 2' cases. In the first, Roca w

04/02/2017 13:11

Local

British ambassador urges calm among business owners in Spain

The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, spoke to members of the British Chamber of Commerce on Marbella on Friday, urging calm among business leaders in the face of the uncertainty surrounding the future Brexit. 'Brexit and beyond' was the t

03/02/2017 16:02

Opinion

Trump - the mirror

Of all the political catastrophes that have rained down on the planet in recent months, it's possible that Brexit will be the one with the most repercussions on the Costa del Sol - not necessarily on the tourism industry, but on the thousands of fell

25/01/2017 16:41

Local

Marbella Rugby Club faces uncertain future due to disputed tax debt

The survival of one of the longest established sporting organisations in Marbella is under threat due to a municipal tax demand. The Patronato Provincial de Recaudación (the provincial tax collection agency) has ordered an embargo of Marbella Rugby C

20/01/2017 16:58

Opinion

The price of the cold

In the old days they called it winter, but as climate change has turned meteorology into a strange anomaly it has now become known as a "Siberian cold front". This week much of the province of Malaga saw a covering of snow; you don't have to have suc

17/01/2017 10:31

Local

Marbella Club closes for one month for refurbishment

The Marbella Club Hotel closed its doors last week for a refurbishment that will cost around five million euros. In addition to the renovation of the swimming pool and general maintenance work, the hotel will construct a new luxury villa in the cen