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Fuengirola port project moves one step closer after clearing first major administrative hurdle

Mula, centre, chairing the meeting to oversee revisions to the plan.
Mula, centre, chairing the meeting to oversee revisions to the plan. / SUR
  • The plan to expand and revamp the current port is expected to cost 91 million euros and, once started, take three years to complete

The new, revamped Fuengirola port has taken another step forward as the project put forward by the town hall received the approval of the Andalusian Public Ports Agency (APPA). This was announced this week by Ana Mula after meeting with the team that drafted the document to carry out the modifications required before it can be presented to the Ministry of the Environment and State Coastal Demarcation for approval.

After that, the project can proceed in earnest and go before the national and regional authorities. With their approval, it can then be put out to tender.

Expansion

As revealed by SUR a few weeks ago, the investment is estimated at 91 million euros plus VAT. The basic project aims to transform the present facilities into a port that is open to the town, with a large square which will be directly connected to the promenade, which will also be expanded with shopping and restaurant areas. It is expected to take three years to complete.

As for the number of moorings, the current figure will be doubled from 471 to almost a thousand. In addition, the creation of a dock for large yachts, a mooring area for tourist cruises of up to 160 metres in length and an underground car park with capacity for more than 700 vehicles are also planned.

With the APPA having given its approval to the preliminary project, the first major hurdle has now been cleared. The council has moved significantly closer to getting what it hopes will be the town's "main economic driving force" and "generator of employment".