The Port Authority of Las Palmas faces a sanction of 300,000 euros for accumulating on a plot of land in the port of Arinaga around 130 cayucos that arrived on the islands with immigrants starting in 2020. At that time the Port gave up the space without its removal to date. On the contrary, the number of boats that accumulate has continued to grow.
The possible sanction has been communicated to the Natural Environment Protection Agency of the Government of the Canary Islands, which gives it a period of one month to prove that its removal is going to be carried out. However, as the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Beatriz Calzada, indicated yesterday, the Port does not have any jurisdiction over this matter. Destroying a cayuco has an outlay of between 600 and 1,000 euros, which takes up to 130,000 euros to take care of those accumulated in Arinaga.
Calzada already met with the Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, a month and a half ago to raise the existence of these vessels. Pestana told him that the Delegation was working on the preparation of a document to quantify the number of vessels and determine the company in charge of their destruction. The destruction
After receiving the letter from the Natural Environment Protection Agency last week, Calzada has contacted Pestana again to take measures "since it would not be acceptable for the Port Authority to be sanctioned for providing space to avoid a major problem."
Calzada has asked the delegate for measures because in a month the Agency must respond to avoid the sanction. "We trust that the company's hiring process to remove these vessels will be accelerated," he said.
As Calzada explains, it was in 2021 when, following a complaint about debris dumping, the Regional Police discovered the accumulation of canoes and brought it to the attention of the Agency, which initiated the file.
Today the rubble has been removed but the canoes have not.
Calzada indicated that There are actually two plots of land in question and one of them belongs to the Joint Compensation Society of the Industrial Estate, of which the Cabildo of Gran Canaria is almost entirely the owner.
Calzada has already communicated this to the Agency and yesterday the board of directors took advantage to inform the president of the CouncilAntonio Morales, that in the coming days he could receive the Agency's request.
The president of the Port trusted that the Delegation will act quickly. «We hope to have a response within a month from the Delegation. If it is not the withdrawal, it is the accreditation that they are going to withdraw within a certain period of time to send it to the Agency and approve it," said Calzada. In the event that this speed does not occur, "we will see what can be done because it is unacceptable to pay a penalty of 300,000 euros," she said.
The president said she did not understand that a file that opens in 2021 arrives now, two years later "and about something that no one knew."