Death Warrant Signed for Tenerife Hotel

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One of the busiest Tenerife resorts is currently locked in a fierce battle about the fate of its landmark hotel.

Following a recent decree from the Spanish Ministry of the Environment, the El Medano Hotel has been deemed illegal and faces demolition because of its prominent position location right on the resort’s main beachfront.

The hotel which was built in the 1960’s has fallen afoul of a recent law that bans all shoreline buildings, despite the fact that the hotel was in existence long before this recent decision was made law.

Local politicians plan to strongly oppose the order at the highest levels. Indeed, the island councillor for Tourism and Planning, Jose Manuel Bermudez, has revealed that the local authorities will be sending a written protest to Madrid to demand the cancellation of the demolition plans. One source close to the minister said: Señor Bermudez believes that this decision is wrong. He doubts whether the mainland government has thought these plans through and taken into account the negative impact that this demolition will have on tourism in the area”.

Other local politicians were also vocal in their disapproval. Mayor of Granadilla, Jaime Gonzalez Cejas, expessed surprise at the decree, saying that although it was locally acknowledged that the building did not comply with the new regulations, no one had expected a demolition order to be placed on such a well known and popular landmark.

The hotel in El Medano is not the only Canarian establishment to be singled out by Madrid. The Melenera in Gran Canaria, Tres Islas and “Oliva Beach” in Fuerteventura as well as 59 other buildings throughout Spain have been earmarked for demolition.

However, there is optimism in the air as local architects, environmentalists and historians argue that the building is of significant cultural interest and as such should be protected. As one protester said: “the hotel has been there since anyone can remember. It is part of the area now and is an integral component of the walkway. It also acts as a huge and necessary windbreak for the beach. We would hate to see it go and will be fighting to save one of the oldest hotels in the south of the island”.

For more information about the town of El Medano visit: http://www.teneriferesorts.com/El-Medano.htm

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