Garrucha port ends free parking

Garrucha port has ended free parking, and you have to pay and display to park there. Failure to do so will result in a stiff fine by a little old man in a fluorescent jacket whose toothless grin masks a grim determination to bring in enough fines to justify his job. Garrucha council assures me that it’s nothing to do with them – the port area is dependent upon the Junta de Andalucia owned company Continue reading Garrucha port ends free parking

Andalusian President visited Garrucha today

Susana Diaz, the President of Andalucía, visited Garrucha today and held a political rally in front of 1,200 people. She used the meeting to attack the ruling PP party ahead of the national elections, as well as everyone else, and not much else. She recently put her foot in it when she declared that she wanted to leave a better Andalucía “than the one we inherited”. Seeing as to how her party has been ruling Continue reading Andalusian President visited Garrucha today

Garrucha brother arrested for sabotaging his own guild

Here’s a good one from the Holy Week festivities – a 33 year old man from Garrucha has been arrested after sabotaging his own brotherhood. Coppers say the man caused more than €4,000 worth of damage after he started a campaign of intimidation and harassment against fellow guild members. It is understood the motive behind the attacks was personal jealousy after he felt sidelined during planning for the Easter processions, the highlight of the brotherhood’s Continue reading Garrucha brother arrested for sabotaging his own guild

Garrucha roundabout to be built

Finally! The dangerous La Simona crossroads leading into Garrucha port from the by-pass is to become a roundabout. The idea was first mooted eight years ago but no agreement has ever been reached. Mainly because the powerful quarries and lorry guild scupper any attempt to improve road safety, as it would cost them more in fuel as they drive up and down that road exporting the province. Now the city council has agreed to proceed Continue reading Garrucha roundabout to be built

Civil Protection equipment lost – Garrucha says resources were ‘squandered’

Garrucha council claims the previous administration “squandered” resources of the town’s civil protection units by allowed equipment to be “abandoned and ransacked”. An internal audit has laid bare the true cost of not properly maintaining emergency equipment. The council says the worst example is that of two zodiac boats used by lifeguards. The sea patrols have not been in use since 2011 due to budget cutbacks, and the boats have been found in a terrible Continue reading Civil Protection equipment lost – Garrucha says resources were ‘squandered’

High winds cancel carnivals

Carnivals across the Levante were cancelled this afternoon due to the high winds. Pulpí, Garrucha and others all posted urgent messages on social media urging people not to go to the appointed marches as nothing was going to happen. The area continues under orange alert for high winds until midnight tonight. Nice but colder tomorrow. Oh, and the flag pole carrying the Vera flag on the roundabout outside the Galasa offices just went for a Continue reading High winds cancel carnivals

Lightbulbs at 44 euros each

Garrucha council has said it is “shocked” by the discovery that the previous administration had purchased material at “ridiculous” prices. A warehouse full of “extremely expensive supplies” has been found. According to the invoices, lightbulbs were supplied at a cost of 44 euros each, when their recommended retail price was just three euros. Other items in the warehouse were urinal cakes costing 15 euros each (retail price 3 euros) or 30.000 handtowels costing 15.000 euros. Continue reading Lightbulbs at 44 euros each

Lighgbulbs at €44 each in Garrucha

Garrucha council has said it is “shocked” by the discovery that the previous administration had purchased material at “ridiculous” prices. A warehouse full of “extremely expensive supplies” has been found. According to the invoices, lightbulbs were supplied at a cost of 44 euros each, when their recommended retail price was just three euros. Other items in the warehouse were urinal cakes costing 15 euros each (retail price 3 euros) or 30.000 handtowels costing 15.000 euros. Continue reading Lighgbulbs at €44 each in Garrucha

Dead sea turtle appears on Vera Playa

A large sea turtle has been found dead on Vera beach, just outside Garrucha. It was some 70 cm across. No news on how it died, but it probably ate too many plastic bags (they go after them in the water thinking they’re jellyfish). So if you’ve ever let a plastic bag fly away from you on the beach – YOU PROBABLY KILLED IT. Possibly. It’s recently been the breeding season for them, and the Continue reading Dead sea turtle appears on Vera Playa