Sunbeds back in Costa Teguise

The sunbeds are finally back on the beaches of Costa Teguise, almost a year since they disappeared, and at least six months later than Mayor Oswaldo Betancort hoped when we interviewed him. The new contractor is paying an annual fee of €295,000 for the concession to supply the beds, umbrellas and other “nautical elements.” Presumably it’s Puerto del Carmen’s turn to go through this regular debacle next…..

Prosecution Of Cocaine Smuggling Ring

49 Kilos of cocaine destined for Gran Canaria was seized and ten people were arrested by National Police in April 2016 and the case has come to court this week, with the prosecution requesting sentences of 10 to 15 years. In a complex operation, the drugs were brought to Lanzarote by a crew member aboard the cruise ship MSC Splendida. Also involved were a Guardia Civil officer, who kept the gang up to date on police intelligence, and a staff member from Banco Santander in Gran Canaria, who was responsible for laundering the money. The gang leaders are from Yugoslavia. The cocaine was seized from three different addresses in Lanzarote, together with hashish and a weapon.

Reyes Suspended Sentence Refused

We reported last week that former mayor of Yaiza José Francisco Reyes had requested that his six year sentence should be suspended. The Provincial Court of Las Palmas has refused the request, and Reyes will serve his sentence.

Money To Restore Old Buildings

The Cabildo has extended the scheme to help owners of historic buildings on the island refurbish them. A grant of up to €10,000 can be applied for before 20th May. The objective is to help owners keep the facades and roofs of their properties in good order. Each grant can be for up to 50% of the total cost of the work.

Lanzarote “Figures” Survey Released

A new document called “Lanzarote in Figures” has been released and distributed to schools, tourist information centres, government buildings and libraries. It takes a statistical snapshot of the island at the end of 2017. Key numbers are that the population is now at 147,023, with 40% of those residing in Arrecife, and 22% of the overall population being foreign.

Man Dies In El Risco Crash

A car went off the cliffs at Risco de Famara this week, killing the driver. He was named as 50 year old Juan Lorenzo Ventura, originally from La Villa de Teguise, but living in Tinajo. His family reported him missing, which resulted in a police search. He leaves a wife and two children.