Anfi Boss Cazorla Going to Morocco: Is it Retirement or Escape?

El Diario a Spanish Daily newspaper has today published news that Santiago Santana Cazorla, the 50% shareholder of the Anfi Group is moving to Morocco for “retirement”. Their headline is Santana Cazorla se refugia en Marruecos” or Santana Cazorla takes refuge in Morocco. (see links at foot of page).

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Cazorla himself puts it down to starting a new phase in his life with new business projects, but within the business world it is seen very differently. Some of the explanations are somewhat different, it is widely believed it is down to the endless succession of problems he is facing, not only within his company but also it seems his private life.

 

It is known that he has had many conflicts with his brother Manuel, and various lawsuits have taken place. One is still in process, this involves a corruption scandal known as the Gondola case, it has been ongoing for around ten years at the court of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. This case has been in the hands of around a dozen judges and several prosecutors.

Santiago Santana Cazorla
Santiago Santana Cazorla

 

 

 

 

 

His involvement with Bjorn Lyng began during the development of Anfi Tauro, Cazorla purchased 50% of the Anfi company as Lyng needed investment for his Project of Anfi Tauro. This has presented many disputes between the partners over the years, the most notable was the lawsuit brought by the Lyngs over the misappropriation of funds. The Lyngs instigated criminal proceedings at The Court of Instruction No 3 of San Bartelomé de Tirajana, after it was discovered that around 9 million euros had been diverted to the Cazorla company Hermanos Cazorla, it was said that these funds were used to pay private debts. This money had to be replaced to avoid criminal proceedings so is basically on hold.

 

It has also been suggested that Cazorla is selling off his 50% share of Anfi, it is rumoured that Alfredo Morales may be the buyer, this has been sparked off by the relationship between him and the Director General of the Anfi Group José Luis Trujillo. Morales is also a shareholder of Binter Canarias, the Canarian Airline. This will no doubt please the Lyng family to be rid of Cazorla, after all on many occasions they have tried to oust him from the board, which he controls (see link Battle of Partners).

ANFIDELMAR, (MOGÁN), 30-08-2006, FOTOS: SANTI BLANCO. ENTREVISTA A JOSÉ MANUEL SORIA, PRESIDENTE DEL CABILDO DE GRAN CANARIA.
José Manuel Soria during his stay at Anfi

It is the projects at Anfi Tauro and now the Tauro Beach project that has been the cause of many of his headaches. The first notable scandal was the Salmon case, this involved the then head of the Canarian Government José Manuel Soria and involved his trip with Bjorn Lyng, flying by private jet to Austria for a concert and then on to Norway for salmon fishing. Hence the name of the case. Then staying as a guest at Anfi del Mar also courted controversy. At the time the Anfi Tauro Project was about to undergo considerable streamlining, permissions would not be granted unless this happened. Just after this trip and holiday at Anfi the project was given the go ahead by the government in its entirety, with no streamlining. A reporter then made a denuncia against Soria for corruption, the judge in the case due to certain senior Anfi management testimonies found no case to answer. Again this caused major uproar in the press and in local communities.

 

Now we have a possible corruption scandal about to erupt over the Tauro Beach Project, which Inside Timeshare has been highlighting over the past few weeks (search Tauro Beach). The project involves the creation of a man made beach, boardwalk, shopping center and marina at the Barranco de Tauro, this is being constructed by the Cazorla Construction Company on behalf of the Anfi Group. It involves the importation of 70,000 tonnes of sand from the Sahara, it has also caused many problems for the local residents. It was only at the beginning of August the high tides began overflowing the beach and flooding local homes, had there been a storm at sea coupled with the high tide the situation would have been worse.

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The Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit (SEPRONA) have  instigated an investigation which resulted in the dismissal of the head of the Canary Islands Coastal Authority José Maria Hernández Leon. The local residents of Tauro have also made formal complaints to the Guardia Civil over the flooding, which the Guardia are now investigating. This particular episode is still in the early stages and may cost the Anfi Group dearly.

 

So the question has to be asked, is this “retirement” or is he fleeing in order to escape the consequences of his actions? After all he is no stranger to scandal, accusations of corruption and lawsuits. The Anfi empire is certainly in disarray, with the scandal erupting over Tauro Beach, then there is the matter of all the court cases for mis-selling and illegal contracts. They have already lost millions of euros in the past year alone, also having 17 Supreme Court judgements against them, with hundreds more in the pipeline.

 

Could it be you the members of Anfi who may just be more victims in all this, what happens if these scandals become full blown court cases? Will you be lumbered with special levies to cover lost money or will you just lose your membership? Only time will tell.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this or any timeshare matter, contact Inside Timeshare and we will try to answer them for you.

 

http://www.eldiario.es/canariasahora/topsecret/Santana-Cazorla-refugia-Marruecos_6_549155083.html

 

http://insidetimeshare.com/great-anfi-battle-partners/

 

More Bad News for Anfi & Latest on Tauro Beach

Late on Friday 12 August 2016, it was announce that another client of the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance has been awarded a substantial amount of money. In this instance the High Court No 2 of las Palmas awarded over 66,907€ plus interest and legal fees against Anfi.

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Again this is following on from the rulings laid down by the Supreme Court, that contracts over 50 years (perpetuity) are illegal. The court also affirmed that the selling of floating weeks in accordance with Supreme Court rulings was also illegal. In accordance with 18 rulings from this court the contract has been declared null & void.

 

This goes to show all the lower courts are now accepting the rulings as a matter of course, although the companies involved do have a right of appeal, this is very unlikely to succeed. Obviously this also will have the effect of speeding up the process and we will probably see cases entering the system at a faster rate.

Tauro beach 1 year ago Tauro Beach about 1 year ago.

On the point of the Tauro Beach Project, the Mayor of Mogan Onalia Bueno has also stated she is against any more man made beaches in the Mogan area. She has also criticised plans to give private companies 50 year concessions for the exploitation of the coastline in the areas of Medio Almud and Los Frailes. Unfortunately the Mayor has no authority in this matter, it comes under the Coastal Authority and the Ministry of the Environment, so will we see a mobilisation of local people to fight and demonstrate against any new proposals and plans?

As for the beach at Tauro, many of the local people have been busy with wheelbarrows and sacks, creating sandbags to build a small buttress to protect themselves from the next high tides. These bags are also ready to be placed in front of the entrances to the homes to try and prevent the flooding and damage they suffered at the beginning of August, the next high tide is 20 August. September will also see very high tides, these are known as the Mar del Pino, if these tides also coincide with any adverse weather out in the Atlantic, the flooding and damage could be worse.

 

It would seem that very little is being done for the people of this community, the head of the Coastal Authority Rafael Lopez Orive held a meeting with the heads of Anfi, the only thing reported was he is going to Measure the Beach! In other words checking the beach conforms to the measurements authorised by the regeneration project.

 

Regarding the reports filed with the Guardia Civil, the residents have been informed that proceedings have been openned. One resident who has been there for over 14 years, has said that they know the tides will be high and the flooding will not stop. It was also reported that the people do not want to move, it is their home and community.

 

For those of you who are members and owners of Anfi, how do you feel that local people are being disregarded in this way. Anfi have shown in the past they have a total disrespect for the law, this is proven by the court cases against them. We know also that all is not well between the two partners, the Lyng family and the Santana Cazorla Group, there have been rumblings between them for years. (see link Battle of the Partners).

Through social media Inside Timeshare is in contact with several of the residents, who kindly keep us informed of developments as they happen. It is only because of this media that the community can get their story out into the open. (Follow the links below).

 

http://thecanarynews.com/tauro-beach-residents-angry-about-flooding/

 

http://www.laprovincia.es/gran-canaria/2016/08/11/topografo-costas-acude-tauro-medir/851160.html

 

Tauro Photo Gallery

http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=18562

 

http://insidetimeshare.com/great-anfi-battle-partners/

 

If you have any questions about any timeshare matter or have any information about any company that you would like others to know, contact Inside Timeshare through the contacts section.

 

Nightmare for Anfi!

Following on from the previous articles about Anfi, it seems the controversy just keeps coming, Inside Timeshare has just been sent another facebook link to a video about Tauro Beach. Again it has been posted by one of the locals, showing the devastation the people who live there have had to put up with since the project began.

 

In the sound track you can clearly hear the machinery at work as the person taking the video walks along the perimeter fence. It then shows how the sea is flooding the area, the sea itself is not what could be called rough, in fact it looks a normal day, but as can clearly be seen there are no defences. Just meters away are the homes of the local people, with the sea constantly running along the beach flooding the area.

It does beg the question how did this project ever get approval and why is it continuing?

Are the local people and their problems just being ignored in the interest of business?

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The Master Plan!

Is the project trying to clear the area of local people to make way for the proposed development of a shopping centre and other tourist facilities? It would not be the first time business has ridden roughshod over locals, it has happened elsewhere, the Westgate project in Orange County USA has courted similar controversy over treatment of local people.

 

Once the investigation by SEPRONA (Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit) is completed, we may then have the answers we are looking for. I would not be surprised if we see charges brought against people involved in the licensing of the project, at the very least it would appear to be one of negligence.

 

On another note, social media such as facebook is a powerful tool in bringing information to others. Again a post from facebook has been sent in about Anfi, this time it is from a disgruntled member. This is the post:

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From this we can clearly see these so-called “Holidays of a lifetime” are not that at all. The question is why were they not allowed to use the pool facilities, we have seen this complaint posted on other forums before, also why had they been moved to Tauro when they bought Anfi Del Mar?

 

Could it be no availability again, due to overselling or just a problem of “Floating Weeks”? This particular client even states for what he is paying in maintenance and the original purchase cost, he could stay in any other 5 star hotel or resort, booking only 2-3 months in advance and not the 12 months that Anfi customer services have told him. I wonder if he would have been allowed to use the pool had he booked elsewhere, somehow I don’t think that would have been an issue.

 

Again Anfi are in the firing line from their own clients, non existent customer service, not getting what they have paid for, unable to use the facilities and a contract the client feels is worthless. This does not sound like value for money or the “Holidays of a lifetime”, rather more like holidays in nightmare street. How do they get away with charging thousands for membership then treating the members this way, is it a case of so what, we’ve got your money, you’re locked into a contract, just pay your maintenance and shut up!

Inside Timeshare would like to thank all the local people who have shared their images and videos from Tauro, it has helped to highlight your plight to a wider audience.

Remember there is a solution, this has been highlighted in previous articles. If you have had similar experiences to this either with Anfi or any other company and wish to know where you stand, contact Inside Timeshare and we will point you in the right direction.

Nayaskaya Rguez Llavata just posted this link to Canarias7 with more pictures of Tauro.

http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=18562

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