Monopolies Commission Looking At Letting Law

The CNMC – the Spanish equivalent of the monopolies commission – is looking once again at the proposed new letting laws for The Canaries. Their first salvo suggests that the proposed law is “anti competitive,” and seeks to “restrict an activity with the sole intention of favouring a traditional sector,” meaning the hotel sector.

Arrieta Pier Finally Gets Approval For Rebuild

Several years after it was damaged in a storm, the pier at Arrieta has finally had the necessary permissions for the rebuild. Local mayor Marci Acuña was scathing in his press release: “Bureaucracy is so desperate and slow that when I received in my hands the authorization of the demarcation of the canary coast, I cannot define the emotions that ran through my body.”  The project will cost €400,000 and as well as the repairs, it will also provide a walkway on the beach and a shaded area.

Thief Questioned After Posting Videos To Instagram

A young South American man has been questioned by police after posting videos to Instagram, showing how he stole various products from stores in Arrecife and then boasting about his skill in doing so. On questioning, it became apparent that he didn’t steal the items, and simulated doing so to create the videos.

Canary Islands Airports Are Most Punctual In Spain

The top four airports for punctuality in Spain are all in The Canaries. Tenerife North was top of the list with 88% of fights on time, and Lanzarote was fourth with 75%. The worst performing airport in the country was Barcelona El Prat, with just 50% of flights on  time.

Fariones Apartments Next On The Refurbishment List

The Fariones Hotel is now well into it refurbishment, and the owners have just agreed a plan with Tias Ayuntamiento to carry out a full refurb on the apartments. There is no start date given currently, but we would expect it to begin in the middle of next year. Full plans can be seen at the technical office in the town hall.

National Swim Team Enters Race And President Disqualified

The annual swim race from Charco san Ginés to the yacht club in Arrecife took place at the weekend. In a record turnout, locals were joined by the Spanish national swim squad, who took many of the honours in the various age groups. President of The Cabildo, Pedro San Ginés competed, as he usually does, and was disqualified for wearing a watch during the race – forbidden in new rules.