TOWN HALLS JOIN FORCES FOR THE SUMMER
Local police and lifeguard services will work together
THREE south Costa Blanca town halls are pooling resources to improve security on the coast for the busy holiday period.
Councillors for beaches and security from Pilar de la Horadada, Torrevieja and Ori- huela met in Pilar on Wednesday to establish protocols for joint actions.
They were joined by local police officers and Torrevieja town hall biologist Juan Antonio Pujol.
Javier Manzanares, councillor for beaches in Torrevieja, explained that they discussed how to coordinate security on the beaches.
“Joint actions between our three municipalities will help to improve security,” he stated.
He noted that they will be able to act more efficiently against illegal salespeople on the beaches and promenades.
Sr Manzanares said the local police forces will work together and share information – and the neighbouring lifeguard services will cooperate in the same fashion.
They will also exchange data about jellyfish and possible nesting by turtles on the coast.
On the subject of turtles, Sr Manzanares said they had reiterated the need for beachgoers to ring the 112 emergency number immediately if they spot the sea creature coming ashore so the protocol can be activated to ensure that it can lay its eggs safely (more on p6).
“Collaboration is vital on this,” added the councillor.
Orihuela's Luisa Boné said they had appointed local police liaison officers to target illegal beach vendors.
Police will also target Chinese masseuses and drink and food sellers. An information campaign to warn about the health risks of buying such products and hiring masseuse services will be launched. The councillors agreed to hold further meetings.