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Posted by portugalpress on November 15, 2017

Demolitions are underway at Monte Gordo beach where old structures and restaurants are being torn down to make way for new modern ones. The initiative marks the start of the second phase of the beach’s revamp project.

The plan is to have the demolitions – which are being paid for by the council – completed by the end of the year, so that the 18 new structures can be built by the end of May 2018.

In other words, so that the beach can be fully functional and “open for business” by the start of next year’s bathing season.

The new structures will be “at the same level” as the boardwalk that was inaugurated in July and will have “a standardised architecture”.

The whole project is expected to cost around €10 million.

VRSA’s new mayoress Conceição Cabrita guaranteed that the works have all the licences needed despite insistence from opposition parties and environmental groups that the demolitions were illegal.

“For all these concession companies, this represents a new life for them,” she said.

Paulo Calvim, owner of one of the restaurants, says he hopes the beach will be a better place for beachgoers to visit once the project is completed.

“We have to evolve,” he said. “In fact, you can already see that more people are visiting the beach and its new boardwalk,” he added.

As readers may recall, the boardwalk is the “biggest in the Sotavento (Eastern Algarve)” and cost around €1 million to build.

Photos: BRUNO FILIPE PIRES/ OPEN MEDIA GROUP

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