Dog rescue

The countdown to the start of the summer campaign on the beaches Elche has already begun. One of the most exciting elements is a 400 square metre inflatable platform on the beach of El Carabassí, with different elements of entertainment for all ages. Lifeguard service on the coast Elche will run from the 1st of June until the 15th of September, albeit with reduced working hours at the start and end of the season, with six aid stations distributed in El Altet, Los Arenales, El Carabassí, La Marina and El Rebollo as well as five lifeboats, one for each beach. They will also be 28 lifeguards always on duty, along with two ambulances. Work will soon start on repairing fixtures and walkways at Arenales de Sol and work will begin in early June cleaning the pine forest of La Marina, but, the collection of rubbish in the bins on the coast will be once a day, and not two like last season, but will be strengthened if necessary.

Tourism chiefs in Elche have announced that the bus linking the town of El Altet to the beach that was launched last year will return again for this summer season, with the nominal fair of one euro for the round trip, although it will be free from the park, running from 10:30 to 18:30 between the 22dn of June and the 1st of September, and there will also be a bus serving La Marina in the same period, although these details are still being finalised.

The Department of Infrastructure, Environment and Territory has put a contract out to tender for the demolition of six townhouses on the island of Tabarca. The value of the contract is 503,674 euro, for a period of work lasting 11 months. Valencia had faced criticism last year that they had failed to act on demolishing the properties which were built outside the permitted boundaries, the responsibility which was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2009.

Local police officers inspected goods for sale on the La Murada market in Orihuela this week, ultimately seizing 149 pairs of shorts, 28 polo shirts, 3 shirts, 324 CD´s, 265 DVD´s and a variety of smaller items, all as counterfeited goods believed to have been heading to the market to be sold. A check point had been set up for vehicles entering the market area, with officers responding directly to complaints from genuine and licensed market traders. A number of traders evaded capture throughout the morning, but 15 people were stopped and questioned, although no arrests were made.

Local police officers in Callosa de Segura have taken to patrolling the streets in an unmarked, dark blue, Ford Mondeo car, rather than mandatory liveried vehicles normally in use, but the move is not part of an elaborate undercover operation, but it is due to one of their patrol cars being damaged and the other being unavailable due to resource issues. The car now being used is one that was destined for town hall business, and the authorities may face issues due to the legal requirements of vehicles to be used by the police for both patrols and the carriage of prisoners.

Animal welfare volunteers successfully rescued seven greyhounds this week, after they were found abandoned in an old swimming pool on a derelict vineyard at Callosa de Segura. Having been deprived for food and drink for several days, an anonymous complainant raised concerns with the police, who immediately called the APADAC group who responded and rescued the near helpless dogs.

The harsh realities of the financial crisis will hit home this June as, for the first time in 16 years, Alicante will not have a floating bonfire for the celebrations of the Noche de San Juan. With sponsorship investment looking at being just half of previous years, mounting debts, previous investments of hundreds of thousands, this year the bonfire will have to be lit on land, cutting the cost of the one feature of the fiesta from 21,000 euro to just over 10,000. However, don’t lose hope at the deprivation of this year as organisers have promised to re-evaluate the situation next year, with the hope of returning to the standards of previous years.

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