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Tauro Beach Project: Latest News

Since Inside Timeshare published the last update on the Tauro Beach Project 5 August 2016, Canarias7.es an online paper published further news.

 

http://www.canarias7.es/articulo.cfm?id=430302

 

In the last article we showed a video of the waves crashing up the beach and flooding the homes of local residents. The weather was not what could be called bad and even the waves were not that high. So why has this flooding taken place?

 

Before the creation of the beach, it was made up of rocks and large pebbles, (see picture), this was a natural dispersant of the energy of the tides and waves, it would absorb the waves as they came in, it was also much higher affording a lot more protection. Since the creation of the beach, this natural defence has gone, bringing the high tide 50 meters further up the beach. What we saw in the video is the consequence of creating this beach, the sea has no barrier, therefore it rose up the beach and caused considerable distress to the local inhabitants. The question is, had the seas been in full storm mode what would have happened to the area?

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Surely this should have come to the attention of the planners of the project, had the correct investigations taken place. Where are the environmental impact reports on this project, or were the permissions and licences approved without this consideration? Is this another controversy Anfi group have got themselves into?

 

The residents have now filed complaints with the Guardia Civil, who are themselves behind the original investigation. This has already resulted in the dismissal of the head of Canary Islands Coastal Authority, José Maria Hernández Leon, due to severe irregularities found in the permissions granting the project the the Anfi Group.

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One resident has complained that they are “desperate, nobody pays attention to us”. They also fear that the next high tide might not be so forgiving. Their next obstacle is who is going to pay for the damage to these homes, many electrical appliances have been damaged due to flooding in the homes of around 40 centimeters. Will it be the Environment Department of Mogan, The Coastal Authority or are Anfi going to find themselves in another legal wrangle over compensation?

 

If Anfi are found liable as the project developers and it comes to light they were involved with the irregularities of the permissions, what is the cost going to be to them? The project has already cost millions, if it is shelved and the beach reverted back to the original state or some kind of defence built who will be paying the bill?

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Could it be the Anfi owners / members will end up paying the price with increased maintenance fees, or even as we have seen with Diversified bringing in a special levy? If so the question must be asked, why should they pay for something they are not responsible for? Along with all the court cases against Anfi this could prove very costly for them.

This latest revelation into the business practices of the Anfi Group, certainly raises many questions, has there been undue influence by the group to secure the project? How far up the proverbial political ladder does it go? Will we be seeing charges brought for negligence, influence peddling or some other serious crime?

 

Many questions have been raised over this project, none so far have been answered, especially for the residents of Tauro. This may just be the tip of the iceberg, it is definitely something the Anfi Group could do without, especially as they are under fire in the Supreme Courts over the mis-selling of timeshares over the years. This alone has cost them millions. As we have said before only time will tell, so watch this space.

 

http://insidetimeshare.com/irregularities-anfi-tauro-beach-project/

 

http://insidetimeshare.com/update-anfi-tauro-beach-project/

 

The following link contains video footage.

http://insidetimeshare.com/anfi-tauro-beach-project-people-flooded/

 

The following links are from a local resident.

 

If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, Inside Timeshare will be happy to provide the answers. If we do not know the answer, we will find out for you. If you have any comments or would like to share something please leave them in our comments section.

 

Update: Anfi Tauro Beach Project

Since publishing the last article on the Anfi Tauro Beach Project, 28 July 2016, the newspaper MaspalomasAhora (Maspalomas Today), has published a new article.

http://maspalomasahora.com/not/38229/ben-magec-solicita-formalmente-la-inmediata-paralizacion-y-el-precintado-de-las-obras-de-la-playa-de-tauro/

It seems that Ben Magec of Ecologists in Action has made a formal request to the Chief of the Coastal Canary Islands Ministry of Environment, “the immediate shutdown and sealing” of the project. They point out that these works are having a detrimental effect on the nearby Special Area of Conservation (ZEC) Franja Marina de Mogan.

 

They also point out there is evidence of severe irregularities in certain paperwork, lacking the corresponding minutes regarding ownership. They highlight that there had also been a failure to conduct a hearing from those affected and have called it a very serious oversight in procedure.

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How the marina might look.

The organisation consider there are also deficiencies in the municipal licences and administrative records are inconsistent with sectoral reports and contains gaps in the reports required. Ben Magec also emphasises that these abnormalities are very serious as in his words involve “a clear benefit to a private company to the public interest”.

 

Apart from the serious impact of the works on the coastline, environmentalists estimate that the marine environment has been affected by these works. They blame the amount of excavations and extractions and the discharge of aggregates into the sea, impacting negatively on the ZEC Gaza marina de Mogan. This area of special protection is only 300 meters from the works in progress.

 

They have already reported on changes in the habitats and some of the species contained in this zone. These also include species that are listed as vulnerable and are listed in the List of Wild Species under Special Protection and Endangered Species Catalog.

 

The organisation has urged the prosecutor to act on its own initiative as there are serious suspicions and disproportionate actions by the administration in favour of private interests against those of the public interest.

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So far over 70,000 tonnes of Saharan sand has been used in creating the beach, which is now 300 meters long and 50 meters wide. It has cost around 6million euros, with a marina of 300 berths still to be built, there are also plans for new hotels with around 7,500 bed capacity to be built. What impact this will have on the marine environment is still not known.

 

So this now begs the question, how have these licences and permissions been allowed to go through? We already know the Lyng´s are not that environmentally friendly, this is borne out by the regular hunting safaris they take part in. (see link at foot of the page). Could we be seeing another round of investigations surrounding malpractice in the Anfi Empire?

 

What effect is this also going to have on the Anfi Group, bearing in mind the numerous claims in court and the Supreme Court rulings against them? It is reported that already the law firm CLA has secured around 18.4million euro in judgements for their clients against Anfi. If this project is found to be illegal then it is another huge sum that you the owners will be having to cover with your maintenance fees. This is a story we will be watching very closely, and we will bring you the latest as it comes to light.

The Great ANFI Battle of the Partners.

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Irregularities in Anfi Tauro Beach Project

How much worse can it get for the Anfi Group? Just as we have seen even more rulings from the Supreme Court against the timeshares sold by Anfi, and the numerous cases being brought by the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance, we now have a new investigation. This time it concerns the Anfi project at Tauro Beach in the municipality of Mogan.

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La Provincia, a Spanish Daily published a story on 24 July 2016 that the Department of Sustainability of the Coasts and the Sea, which comes under the Ministry of Environment had dismissed the head of the Canary Islands Coastal Authority, José María Hernández Leon. It appears that his dismissal is based on serious irregularities found in the permissions granted to the Anfi Group for the project. This project is for the creation of a new beach, boardwalk and other facilities at the mouth of the Barranco de Tauro.

 

The Guardia Civil have challenged the legality of the authorisations granted to Anfi to occupy over 3km of the coast. SEPRONA, which is the Nature Protection Service run by the Guardia Civil have been conducting an investigation into the Anfi Group who are the promoters of the project since work began in February this year.

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The Anfi Group which is a partnership between the Lyng family and the Construction Company Santana Cazorla, have been given a 50 year tenureship of the area. With the project having an impact on several homes and a camp site which need to be relocated, but this has hit problems. Two reasons have been given for this, one is that the proposed relocation site would disconnect them from the community and that it also overlaps the site for the planned roundabout for access to the beach.

tauro homes

The partners themselves are no stranger to controversy, in the past there have been hints and allegations into possible corruption, although nothing was actually proven. Could this be the tip of another allegation? After all, for the Guardia Civil to be investigating it must be serious, only time will tell. (see link to previous article The Great ANFI Battle of the Partners)

 

We shall be keeping an eye on this case as it develops, La Provincia is renowned for chasing stories such as this and is widely read. For a more in depth report follow the links below, one is for La Provincia, the other is to the English translation of the story published in The Canary News.

 

http://www.laprovincia.es/gran-canaria/2016/07/23/destituido-jefe-costas-canarias-irregularidades/845420.html

 

http://thecanarynews.com/tauro-beach-investigation-underway/

 

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

 

Supreme Court Roller Coaster

It would appear that the roller coaster of rulings from the Supreme Court just isn’t going to stop, it was announced on 8 July 2016 that Canarian Legal Alliance had just received ruling numbers 12 and 13.

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In ruling number twelve, their Norwegian clients had their contract cancelled and were awarded 31,998€ plus all the legal fees. The court has upheld previous judgements that contracts over fifty years and floating weeks are illegal.

 

Following on from that, ruling number thirteen was for a family in the UK, they were awarded a total of 82,808€ including double the deposit paid, legal fees and interest. As before the same principle was applied, contracts cancelled due to being over 50 years, floating weeks and the taking of a deposit within the 14 day cooling off period.

 

So within two days Anfi has been penalised by over 114,806€ for breaches of the timeshare laws. This does go to show the Spanish legal system will not tolerate companies who defy the legislation put into place to protect the consumer.

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It is a wonder the timeshare industry has been able to get away with these illegalities for so long. Could it be because they held so much influence in the past they actually believed they were immune from the law?

 

Yet, we hear nothing from the trade body for the industry the Resorts Development Organisation, or even TATOC, the so called owners committees association. Surely if these two organisations were what they purport to be, I would have thought they would at the very least, make some kind of statement that they would sanction any member who still broke these rules. It is their members who are selling products deemed illegal, but not a word of warning to them.

 

It must also be pointed out that although these rulings have been made against the Anfi Group, it affects all timeshares whether fixed weeks, floating weeks or points sold anywhere within Spain, Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands. These rulings apply to any company that has not complied with the laws which came into force in January 1999.

2 MORE SUPREME COURT SENTENCES ( THATS 13 SO FAR )

 

So once again congratulations to the two families and well done to the legal teams at Canarian Legal Alliance.

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The Great ANFI Battle of the Partners.

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What is actually happening at the ANFI Group

 

Apart from newspaper articles in the Spanish Press very little is being said, it appears the members are being kept in the dark. Well I suppose this is nothing unusual in the timeshare industry.

 

ANFI is owned by two factions on an equal 50/50 basis, on one side are the Spanish owners:

 

Santiago Santana Cazorla who is also the president, his Brother Manuel and Anfi Group CEO Arturo Ramirez.

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Then there is the Norwegian part of the company represented by the heir to the late Björn Lyng, his eldest son Ragnar Lyng.

 

It appears to have originally started around 2010 When the Norwegian family demanded Sr Cazorla´s resignation. All seemed to be well and no real arguments ensued. Then sometime between 2012 and 2013 it appears that around 8 million euros “disappeared”.

 

Apparently the Lyng´s noticed the diversion of these funds while a lawsuit was pending between Santana Cazorla and Lopesan at The Court of the First Instance No1 of Las Palmas.

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