Six fixed or permanent chiringuitos – beach bars – in Rincón de la Victoria now have a little more legal certainty after the Council renewed their concessions for a period of five years with the possibility of renewal for two further periods up to a total of fifteen years.
The chiringuito (beach bar) owners in Huelva province are once again requesting all-year opening after a summer in which income will be down by as much as fifty percent according to some forecasts.
The chiringuitos in Huelva have so far had their best September for twenty years due to the favourable weather conditions, revenues up by 15% to 20% on last year.
The Provincial Department of Coasts in Málaga has informed Torrox Council that it is initiating proceedings relating to a number of chiringuitos installed on the public shoreline which exceed the maximum dimensions of twenty square metres permitted by law. Potential fines could be as high as €60,000.
Contrary to an unwritten ‘understanding’ that beach chiringuitos would be able to carry on as normal this summer and that the whole, messy problem would be sorted out at the end of the year, the Department of Coasts has suddenly given 13 chiringuitos in Málaga province a non-negotiable fifteen days to remove their terraces from the beach area.
The president of the Federación Andaluza de Empresarios de Playas (Faeplayas), Norberto del Castillo, has said that chiringuitos in Andalucia will not be applying the July 1st IVA increase from 16% to 18%.
For the first time in Andalucia and in Spain, the Department of Coasts has granted concessions to two beach chiringuitos to remain open all year round.
The Asociación de Empresarios de Playa (AEPLAYA) has presented a proposal to Vélez-Málaga Council for the installation of 26 permanent beach chiringuitos in the municipality, 19 in Torre del Mar and Caleta de Vélez and 7 in Benajarafe and Almayate.
Around 100 beach ‘chiringuitos’ in Almeria province are still listed as ‘illegal’ although every effort is being made to rectify the situation.
The sudden change in the weather is having a drastic effect on the beach chiringuitos in the province as they struggle to make ends meet.