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 time.
The daytime celebration, on the town’s Alameda and Avenida del Mar, by the old town, is covered by six police-controlled cameras. Meanwhile, the nighttime fair, near La Cañada shopping centre, has five cameras operating.
The local authority tried to install cameras last year but didn’t get permission in time. This year the green light came from national and regional governments just as the fair started.
Video cameras of this type can only be used for the duration of the fair and the move comes as councillors express their increased concern about antisocial behaviour harming Marbella’s reputation.
As reported last week in SUR in English, the council is working on long-term plans to have cameras installed year round at key hotspots for street crime, including La Cañada, Puerto Banús, the Puerto Deportivo marina and Elviria shopping plaza.
The colourful traditional fair, one of the biggest on the Costa del Sol, runs until Monday. On Sunday the town celebrates San Bernabé’s day and the last day of the ‘feria’ is a public holiday in the town.