Andalucía will have the safest beaches in Spain this summer said regional minister Elías Bendodo, who was in Marbella on Monday to launch the 34-million-euro beach monitoring plan.
Accompanied by the Andalusian tourism minister, Juan Marín; the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz; and the president of the provincial authority, Francisco Salado; Bendodo said that the region's Safe Beach Plan was pioneer in Spain to help guarantee health and safety as the country emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
Of the 34 million euros invested in the plan, 24 million are being spent on the employment of an extra 3,000 members of staff who will be on duty on the beaches to ensure that safety precautions are respected.
The remaining ten million has gone towards the purchase of equipment, including vehicles, quad bikes, surveillance towers, boats, jet skis and rescue equipment, distributed among the 61 coastal municipalities.
"This equipment is here to stay and will be very useful for the next few years," said Bendodo.
The 3,000 workers taken on for the summer, from a unemployed register, will help keep the numbers of beach users under the permitted capacity and inform bathers of health precautions.
They will be in addition to the lifeguards and Local Police patrols provided by the town halls.
Beach capacity app
Monday also saw the launch of the new Aforo Costa del Sol service which informs of the real time volume of users on local beaches via a website - aforocostadelsol.es - or mobile phone app, writes Pilar Martínez.
The app contains information such as temperatures, wind direction and speed, wave height and presence of jellyfish or seaweed.