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3.6 metre shark found in Santa Pola

Passersby were astounded when a huge 200 kilo shark was pulled from the waters of Levante Beach at Santa Pola. The body of the already dead shark was moved towards the shore by Urbaser workers and was then removed from the water using a powerful crane.
The shark was spotted for the first time on Wednesday evening near the shoreline, but it was not until Thursday that the Policia Local got in touch with Urbaser and organised for several workers to meet at the beach to begin the process of removing the shark from the water.
With the help of a small motorboat the body was nudged towards the shore and a crane was then used to take it out of the water. The remains of the animal are believed to be still at the Urbaser facility as details are being finalised to transfer it to the Coastal Ecology Institute of the Generalitat Valenciana.
The exact species of the shark is yet to be confirmed.

More skyscrapers on the horizon

An application has been made to build four tower blocks of up to 29 storeys in
la cala del Palangre between el Cura beach and Los Locos. This follows on
from the application to build Baraka towers next to Doña Sinforosa park close
to Acequión beach. The new application for Don Sento Towers has been put
forward by the firm Metrovacesa who are originally from Elche and have a
long history of this kind of building work in Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa and
Santa Pola.
The applications are taking advantage of modifications in planning laws that
were agreed a decade ago by the PP but were opposed by the councillors
who are currently leading the town council. Permission to build comes with the
requirement that at least half of the accommodation is intended for hotel use.
The plans are very much in the early stages and studies must be done
spanning different departments and including what the environmental impact
might be. The company interested in the building work has not yet set any
date for when they might begin because of the time it can take to get the
necessary permission.
The planned buildings are not without controversy. Both that of Baraka and
Metrovacesa are planned in parts of the town where they will have a very high
profile and could impact upon areas of interest such as the Acequión salt
works and the beaches. They will also break the skyscraper limit of six floors
that is largely in place in these areas currently.
Members of the present local council, including those from Los Verdes and
IU, have opposed such building previously. However, the agreement that this
land could be used was made many years ago and Councillor Fanny Serrano
has explained that the agreement cannot be reversed.

Children’s book published for local Brit author

British author Steven Dale, who lives in Santa Pola, is celebrating having his first children’s
book published. Planet Mirth Adventures One, by the Port Talbot-born author, has been
published recently by Austin Macauley.
How exciting would it be if you could explore a world where you could meet a chocolate
crocodile, or where toys can be found growing on trees? The planet of Mirth comes to life
through the dreams of a little girl named Mia, with a collection of gnomes guiding her
through the wonderful sights and sounds contained in the book’s five stories. As well as a
safari trip, Mia enjoys two celebrations with Mirth's resident gnomes, as well as taking part in
exciting competitions; tales which the author hopes will spark the imagination of any child or
the young-at- heart.
Steven said: “I wrote this solely for my three grand-daughters. My daughters encouraged me
to get it published and now my dream has been realised.”
Steven has been happily married for 38 years. He has two daughters and three
granddaughters. He currently lives in Sanat Pola where he, until recently, worked as a vocal
entertainer. He’s now retired from singing and concentrates all his efforts on writing.

La Vuelta confusion

If you were planning on going to see the ninth stage of La Vuelta, Spain’s
version of the Tour de France, then you could have become a little frustrated.
Over the past two weeks there have been confused messages coming from
different sources about where exactly this stage of the race would start and
the route it would take.
It was originally planned to begin in Torrevieja. However, following the
Barcelona terror attacks doubt was cast on the ability of the city to safeguard
those attending and taking part. The mayor, José Manuel Dolón, was
concerned that the city had insufficient police resources to protect those
participants and those watching at the start of the race.
According to the mayor, 53 police officers were needed to cover the different
points of the race. At the moment there are 160 local police officers in
Torrevieja who are distributed according to three shifts, and this doesn’t take
into account the 15% absenteeism rate that the force currently experiences.
However, others stated that Torrevieja easily had the potential to host such an
event. The inspector of the local police, Óscar Cartón, had spoken on social
media to argue that Torrevieja could have played host quite safely. ‘From my
point of view,’ said Óscar Cartón, ‘I believe there are sufficient police officers
and with the help of the Civil Protection Service and the organising body (la
Vuelta) there is help available too.’
Eventually it was to be Orihuela where the ninth stage of the race would set
off from, this requiring a huge increase in security. The cyclists then passed
through the edge of Torrevieja and travelled up the coast through La Mata,
Guardamar, La Marina, Santa Pola, El Altet, Alicante, Vila Joiosa, Benidorm,
Calpe and finishing in Benitatxell.
The PP, however, have criticised the town hall for not staging the beginning of
the race, claiming that by not doing so they have lost out on €600,000 that
would have come through the hostelry trade, leisure and purchases. It’s
perhaps hard to see how so much additional money could be collected when
many hotels and restaurants are already busting at the seams with August’s
usual holiday makers.
It’s the Playa de la Glea de Campoamor, that eventually saw the start of the
next leg. Twenty two different teams were taking part with the Spanish team
already in front. And there was plenty of security in evidence. In order to
ensure the smooth running of the start 21 different streets were closed and
the security effort included departments from Alicante, the Guardia Civil, the
national police, the local police and civil protection.
In cases of emergency there were 20 volunteers on hand from Civil Protection
and 10 health workers from Cruz Roja. A fire engine, two other firefighting
vehicles and an ambulance were all on hand. The town of Orihuela has
claimed this as a victory over their tourist town neighbour, placing them as the
sporting and cultural capital of the Costa Blanca.
For those watching the race if you blinked you missed it. ‘I didn’t realise how
fast they go,’ explained one local resident. ‘I’ve only watched it on the
television before, they were just a blur. I don’t know what speeds they were
doing.’ This spectator had chosen the bridge by El Quirón hospital to watch
the cyclists pass. ‘I was looking out for the cyclist wearing the red shirt. He is
the leader. However, there seemed to be a few wearing red shirts so it wasn’t
easy to see.’
At the front there was a small group who were evidently in the lead and then a
couple of seconds later they were followed up by a larger group of cyclists.
This is one of the fastest sections of the race due to the flat terrain and their
passage along the N332 in Torrevieja was over in seconds. Was it worth
going? ‘It was over very quickly. I’ve watched marathons before and it’s worth
struggling to get the best vantage. I think I’ll watch it on television next time.’
Four hours and seven minutes after the start of the race it was Chris Froome
and team Sky who came in first.

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