A new coastal law is supposed to bring relief to thousands of chiringuito (beach restaurants) owners. The typical Andalusian style beach restaurants that have been built right on the beach have been for a while insecure of their future as a lobby was started to demolish all illegal built chiringuitos. All of this because they were built to close to the shore according to the Ley da Costas.
The new law will apparently guarentee at least 300 local businesses a solution to their concessions. Chiringuitos are a part of the Andalusian culture and PP leader Javier Arenas has commented that tourism and construction are the future of the region, and claimed ‘Today is the end of the harassment and demolition of the chiringuitos’.
The Andalucía Federation of Beach Businessmen estimate that there are 2,000 concessions along the Andalucía coast, of which half are restaurants and that the sector employs 40,000 people in the high season. The Junta estimates that turnover is about 500 million €.