benalmádena. Enrique Bolín, former mayor of Benalmádena at different times since 1966, died on Wednesday night, aged 78. The current mayor, Víctor Navas, made the announcement on Thursday.
Bolín had been a colourful personality in Benalmádena since the 1960s. In 1966, aged 26, he was named mayor under the dictatorship and in 1979 stood in the first democratic municipal elections. His independent party reached power in coalition before a vote of no confidence in 1984. He then became a senator for the conservative PP.
In 1989 he was found in his yacht in Gibraltar with three others with drugs and pornographic materials, which earned him a fine, a 20-day prison sentence, expulsion from the PP and retirement from politics.
In 1995 he was back standing to be mayor as head of the Grupo Independiente de Benalmádena (GIB) party. He won a majority and governed the resort until 2007.
Bolín's list of achievements in Benalmádena is striking; he won the national first prize for beautifying a village; built Puerto Marina; opened Parque de la Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel; opened a public and a private hospital; and cut the ribbon on the new Tivoli World.
In later life he was banned from office over town-planning scandals.