ALTEA’S Club Nautico plans to go to the Supreme Court to demand its rights.
This decision was prompted by the Valencia Region’s Upper Court (TSJ) rejection of the club’s call for an end to the present system of temporary operating permits.
According to regional legislation, contracts to run nautical installations are put out to tender unless the application comes from a non-profit making yacht club like Altea’s. In this case renewals are negotiated.
The club began operations in 1977, obtaining permission from the central government in Madrid. Eventually the Generalitat (regional government) took over the region’s ports but the concession to carry out sporting activities expired 15 years ago. It was then renewed every six months until 2006, at which point the regional government informed the yacht club that authorisation should be renewed on a monthly basis.
This ruling has generated “logical uncertainty and anxiety amongst members, employees and their families,” according to the club at the end of last month.
Jose Roman Zurutuza Reigosa, who has been president of the club since 1998, has asked since then for a solution. The partial renewals were the only response. “Silence, silence, excuses and excuses, time and time again. It’s one evasion after another and enough is enough,” he told the Spanish media.
Appeals and legal proceedings have served no purpose when asking for a longer renewal, Zurutuza continued. Neither did it appear that authorities were concerned about the 100 or more direct and indirect jobs generated by the Club Nautico, he said.