Still no certainty it will be ready for summer

Orihuela Council approved the specifications for the seasonal beach services contract, which includes the beach bars, announced Councillors Francisco Sáez (PP) and Luisa Boné (C’s).

The specifications include the beach bars, sunshades, hammocks, pedalos, water sport boards and jet skis. This new contract increases the amount the company must pay the Town Hall from €300,000 to €500,000 per year and it has a duration of four years, and can be extended by another two.

They explained the municipal secretary ruled it did not qualify to be considered urgent because the change of contract was foreseeable, so the Town Hall could not give a day when the beach services might reopen, “because it depends on the process and the companies that make offers”, said Boné, although they hope it will all be ready for the summer.

She noted the design for the beach bars, toilets and pergolas will be similar to the lifeguard huts “to improve the image of the beaches and homogenise all the installations”.

These will not be ready until 2019 so for the 2018 season the winning company can use whatever they propose as long as the Town Hall approves.

The specifications require 11 beach bars and 9 toilets each with men’s, women’s and disabled rooms. There will also have to be another 9 disabled toilets on the Blue Flag beaches.

Each beach bar must have a defibrillator and the workers must be trained to use them. Boné explained the space allowed for sunshades and hammocks at Cala Bosque (La Zenia) will be reduced from 800m2 to 520m2.

Sáez said that from Friday companies will have 20 days to present their offers and then the evaluation can begin. He also said three municipal technicians will supervise the contract, the finalisation date is December 31st 2021, and 55% of the evaluation criteria are objective and 45% subjective. Finally he thanked the technicians “for working so quickly to get the specifications ready in record time”.