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WATCH: New video shows off area popular with expats on Spain’s Costa Blanca at its best

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SAN FULGENCIO City Council has released a new promotional video on social media to encourage tourism in the municipality.

The area covers La Marina Urbanisation, one of the areas most popular with British expats throughout the Costa Blanca.

Local councillor, Darren Parmenter, revealed that San Fulgencio has the sea close by and is also surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes, so it is an ideal location to attract those tourists or future residents looking for something more than the traditional beach vacation or lifestyle.”

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TOURISM COUNCILLOR: Darren Parmenter

The video begins with a message from the mayor, José Sampere, in which he welcomes tourists and residents who have been able to visit the municipality this summer, after the relaxation of travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The four-minute video has been made by a local audiovisual company, showing both the town areas and the urbanization, too – at street height and also from above.

Parmenter explained that the images also seek to place a special emphasis on the heritage of the area, with spectacular shots of important archaeological sites from the Iberian period.

The video also promotes the mixture of tradition and modernity present in San Fulgencio, as well as hinting at its ‘magnificent gastronomy on offer’.

The 60 year-old continued, “Since I took office as Tourism Councillor at the beginning of the legislature, my intention has been to put San Fulgencio back where it deserves, so we hope that this video will generate interest and we can show exactly where we are and what we can offer the visitor.”

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Costa Blanca marijuana gang packed drugs into sealed tin cans and took them by road from Spain to the UK

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POLICE have smashed a Costa Blanca drugs gang that exported marijuana in tin cans onboard vans and lorries to the United Kingdom.

The Guardia Civil described the gang as one of Spain’s ‘leading’ criminal producers of marijuana.

Specialist equipment was used to process the drug which was then put into sealed tin cans ahead of their UK journey.

The Guardia operation was carried out with help from police forces across Europe and the UK’s National Crime Agency.

€74,000 in cash was seized in house raids along with marijuana plants and associated drug materials.

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The probe produced 16 arrests in Benidorm, Gandia, San Juan de Alicante and Torrevieja.

Three of the detainees were jailed after a court appearance.

Operation ‘Derlius’ was launched in December 2020.

The Guardia got suspicious about several Lithuanians living in San Juan who appeared to be well-off, yet did not appear to work.

Some of them had a criminal record.

Last March, some of the group were arrested on the Spanish-French border in a van containing 277 kilos of hashish and 10 kilos of cocaine.

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The gang leaders were a married couple who have lived in Torrevieja since 2018.

They organised a network of ‘safe houses’ used as marijuana farms and packaging points.

The farms in San Juan were ‘managed’ by two associates of the couple.

Besides exporting to the UK, the gang sold the marijuana to local cannabis clubs.

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British tourists ‘blamed’ for high COVID-19 rate in Benidorm area of Spain’s Costa Blanca

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RISING British visitor numbers in the Benidorm area could be causing a big spike in local COVID-19 cases according to some Spanish media reports.

The Marina Baja health area, that includes the popular Costa Blanca resort, is now registering 215 COVID cases per 100,000 people.

That’s over five times the national average and the largest figure in the Valencian Community.

Over the last nine days it has gone up from being three times higher than the national average.

There are no statistics to show what is behind the rise.

At one stage last week, UK visitors accounted for 22.23% of hotel occupancy in Benidorm as part of an occupancy total of 73%.

It was five times higher than the next largest group of foreign arrivals from Belgium.

Spanish media is suggesting that since daily UK COVID cases are running at over 50,000 infections compared to Spain’s average of 2,500, then the Benidorm spike is down to British arrivals.

No official data has been provided to prove or disprove that theory.

Another media suggestion is because mandatory mask wearing is not imposed in the UK, then arriving Brits are lax about following Spanish rules, especially indoors.

The reports seem to ignore that mask rules are pretty much the same in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as in Spain.

There’s also no evidence to show that British tourists are flouting mask mandates in significant numbers, if at all, on the Costa Blanca.

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Costa Blanca mayors get court summons over COVID-19 vaccine queue-jumping incident in Spain

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A Denia judge has summoned the mayors of El Verger and Els Poblets, Ximo Coll and Carolina Vives, to give evidence over COVID-19 vaccine queue-jumping in January.

The married Costa Blanca mayoral couple got their first shots of the vaccine on January 8 in breach of age and priority rules.

The transgression was prompted by Coll getting a phone call with news of unused doses at the El Verger health centre.

He was told the vials would go to waste if they were not used.

Coll and his wife then went to the centre along with some police officers to take advantage of an unexpected early inoculation.

Alicante’s anti-corruption prosecutor sent a file to the Denia court in July.

It accused the couple of an ‘abuse of power’ and committing a crime of improper passive bribery.

The Denia judge subsequently opened a preliminary investigation to see if the couple have a case to answer at a possible trial.

The two mayors have now been summonsed to give their side of the story on November 12.

Coll and Vives were both suspended from the regional socialist party(PSPV) in February.

They also survived ‘no confidence’ votes to remove them from their mayoral positions on their two councils.

A Villajoyosa judge ruled this month that there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial against La Nucia’s Partido Popular mayor, Bernabe Cano.

He also got an early vaccination shot in January and has been charged with bribery and prevarication.

Cano said this week that he was launching an appeal against the judge’s decision to proceed with the case.

READ MORE: LA NUCIA MAYOR TO GO ON TRIAL FOR BRIBERY OVER VACCINE QUEUE-JUMPING

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