Bathers on Marbella's beaches will have an added feeling of security this summer, as from 15 June the council's new 'Beach Plan' comes into effect.
This plan includes bolstered lifeguard, vigilance and first aid services under a contract which has been confirmed for 2018 and 2019 and is renewable for two more years.
In order to secure the contract, the successful bidder is offering an additional 3,000 hours of manpower, as well as a further 100 days of ambulance service per year.
This means that the schedule of previous summers will be extended by half an hour, until 8pm. The remaining hours can be used in whatever way the council decides, to extend the summer service beyond 30 September or to cover weekends and special holidays.
One of the other new additions announced by the councillor responsible for beaches, Manuel Cardeña, is the addition of a public address system at every rescue point.
Marbella will again have 15 lookout points that will cover the coastline from Cabopino to Guadalmina beach, including La Víbora, Real de Zaragoza, Los Monteros, El Cable, Bajadilla, La Venus, El Faro, Casablanca, Río Verde, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía, San Pedro and Lindavista.
As for the staff and other resources that will be deployed day to day, they will “be adjusted depending on the needs of the season”, according to the councillor, with a maximum of 60 in the months of July and August.
The hours for the lifeguarding and first aid services will run between 11.30am and 7.30pm during low and mid season, and between 11.30am and 8pm in July and August, half an hour longer than during the same period last year.
The winner of the contract, according to documents produced by the council, will provide a wide range of machinery including two fully equipped ambulances, a multi-purpose vehicle, a semi-rigid boat (at least four metres long and 1.8 metres wide) and two jet skis. They will also be responsible for equipping the first aid centres.
“We are talking about contracts that will allow the beaches of Marbella to be in a perfect condition. There will be an investment of over two million euros, which will allow local companies, along with the staff of the Marbella municipal area, to make use of the best beaches with the best services,” explained Manuel Cardeña.