Update 11 March 2015: The protesters lost, and the wall went. And now, the new San Telmo promenade is finished and open. And looking good, as the above photos show.
Update 9 June 2014: Despite protests and petitions, the wall has started to come down. The above photo shows the bulldozers in place and part of the wall already in rubble. The plan for its replacement is not clear, but is likely to be the glass and steel model discussed last year.
Original post 18 October 2013: An almighty row is brewing in Puerto de la Cruz. There was already some bad feeling arising from the Ayuntamiento’s upmarket push (link), with new bylaws to outlaw plastic terrace furniture in restaurants, hotels and bars, and to enforce colour branding in the town. Further irritation was caused by the council’s attempt to enforce street cleanliness (link), with fines up to €3,000 for anythig from spitting to shaking carpets: there were even restrictions on watering plants on the outside of buildings.
Now, however, the council itself is being accused of vandalism, and of forcing through change for the sake of change. The San Telmo sea wall is quite a feature of the town’s frontage, but the municipal planners want to alter the feel of the promenade and replace the wall with a glass and steel barrier. The plans have given rise to protest marches and leaflet drops, and there is even a Facebook page (link) dedicated to protesting against plans that are seen as mindless destruction of an historic part of the town’s infrastructure.
The council, for its own part, denies that the wall has any heritage value, and says that the new barrier is needed to protect the town from the sea. Some might wonder if the wall hadn’t done that quite effectively throughout its existence …