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"Malaga Port's Disputed Hotel Tower Approved by City Council"

The Torre del Puerto hotel and conference centre, financed by Qatari investment and backed by the Hesperia hotel chain, has been approved by Malaga city officials. The decision was reached in a recent urban planning council meeting with six votes in favour and four against.

This luxury hotel, standing at 116 meters, is set to be constructed on the Levante dock esplanade. The project, which has faced a five-year delay, received the green light from the city's urban planning committee.

Support and opposition for the project were divided. The Partido Popular members voted in favour, while the Socialists and one member from Podemos opposed it. Vox chose to abstain from voting.

The development has faced criticism from the 'Let's Defend Our Horizon' group and UMA art history professor Francisco Rodríguez Marín, who argue that the tower will disrupt Malaga's skyline and obstruct views of the historic La Farola de Malaga lighthouse.

Socialist spokesperson Mariano Ruiz Araújo and secretary general Daniel Pérez have expressed strong opposition, suggesting the project might face legal challenges and arguing against its location at Levante dock. Podemos spokesperson Toni Morillas plans to hinder the project's progress, while Vox's Antonio Alcázar abstained from voting due to location preferences for the hotel.

Next steps involve the administrative application file being processed by the Port Authority of Malaga, then forwarded to State Ports, and potentially to the Ministry of Transport for final approval.


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