Estepona Malaga Train May Finally be a Reality

On the very same day that the new Malaga Metro system was opened by Ana Pastor, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, she announced that viability studies were already being undertaken looking into the extension of the train line from Malaga through Marbella to Estepona. If there is deemed to be sufficient demand works could begin soon.

Drugs Brought Ashore During Daylight Hours

Holiday makers and locals were astounded to see men unloading drugs in daylight hours from boats that had landed on a popular esteponian beach near the Piedra Paloma resort. The drugs were being taken from boats at the seas edge to cars parked on the promenade.

Some of those enjoying the sun felt compelled to call the Local Police. In doing so, the Local Police promptly arrested three of the smugglers and confiscated 234 Kilograms of hash.

British Millionaire Shot Dead in Estepona

Gold trader Andrew Bush has been found dead with gunshot wounds at his Cancelada mansion. Various news agencies are reporting that the police are looking for his ex lover, Mayka Kukucova, who was seen fleeing the mansion shortly before the discovery of Mr Bush’s body. Mr Bush apparently had been shot twice in the head.

The police suspect that the killer has been lying in wait knowing that My Bush would be returning from holiday to the mansion.

Foreign Residents Association of Estepona

The recently created Foreign Residents Association of Estepona, A.R.E.M.E. (Asociacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona), is hoping to build influence with the Town Hall and the Police so that issues concerning the foreign population can be heard.

Foreigners in Estepona make up some 30% of the town’s population and yet their voice and opinion are often not fully represented. AREME hopes to address this issue by encouraging Estepona’s foreign residents to join the association for just 1€ per year. Obviously the more members there are the more the greater the affect they can have.

Application forms, to join, can be obtained from The Tourist Office near to Estepona Port or by email from Ray Oldfield (rayoldfield @ gmail.com) or Chris Rawlinson (dr_c_rawlinson @ hotmail.com). You can also join at any of the meetings.

The next meeting of AREME will take place at Estepona Palacio de Congresos in the foyer on Saturday March 29 from 11.00am to 2.00pm. A member of the Committee will be on hand to help you fill in the application form to join and obtain your membership card at the meeting.

Pedestrian Streets in Estepona

The mayor’s decision to convert a number of streets, in the old town of Estepona, into pedestrian walkways appears to have paid dividends. Visitors and tourists this year have been very impressed with the colour and decoration that these streets now offer.

Calles Peatonales Estepona The Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, at the inauguration of one of the new pedestrian streets.

Murals in Estepona

The Town Hall is commissioning a number of murals in Estepona aimed at making the town more attractive to tourists.

In the Tres Banderas area they have commissioned a mural by artist Conchi Alvarez. The mural is entitled “La casa de la buena gente” (The house of the good people).

Mural Estepona

According to the Town Hall, more murals will be commissioned in other areas of Estepona in the coming year.

Man Shot Dead in Estepona

Shooting in Estepona – A 57 year old man has died this Monday morning after receiving two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the back. The man was shot at approx 10:00 am in Calle del Gorrión, close to the Atalaya Hotel complex. The National Police have taken over the investigation and have cordoned off the area. The deceased is a French national of Moroccan origin.

Town Hall to Decrease I.B.I. Tax

Not only are the Town Hall planing to reduce the I.B.I. by 8% they are also planning to reduce the rate of Plusvalia by 60%. Reducing the current rate of 30% to 12%. Estepona has one of the highest I.B.I. costs on the Costa Del Sol due to the fact that the Town Hall re-evaluated the property prices in 2007 at the height of the property boom. It is envisaged that the Town Hall will be in a position to lower the I.B.I. tax again in the coming years.