We tell you both the good and the bad news - nowhere's absolutely perfect
not (unfortunately) even Vera Playa!
Action to evict prostitutes
The President of the Bahia de Vera urbanizacion has authorised urgent
action to be taken to evict a number of alleged female prostitutes who
have been discovered to be living in an apartment in the urbanizacion.
It is said that the women have been soliciting for business at the urbanizacion's
indoor pool. Suspicions of property owners at the urbanizacion were aroused
by abusive responses when owners requested the renters to observe the
Community's rule that no bathing costumes may be worn in the swimming
pools. Investigation has discovered that the women (who are believed to
be illegal immigrants) are probably living illegally at the apartment,
which is understood to have changed ownership recently. The assistance
of the Guardia Civil to evict the women will be sought by the Community's
The neighbouring urbanizacion of Vera Natura has been the home of a dozen
or more female prostitutes who worked at the (sic) "liberated adults"
clubs situated in Hotel Street (near the Vera Playa Club Hotel). One of
these clubs (The Talisman) was closed down by the Justice Department earlier
in 2003 after a police raid as part of a campaign against organised prostitution
in Andalucia run by (allegedly) Russian criminals. It appears that no
action was taken by the Vera Natura Community to evict these women, who
may have been legal tenants and we are not aware that they made any attempt
to solicit business within the urbanizacion.
The properties in the Bahia de Vera urbanizacion are owned mainly by
Spanish naturists, many of them families with young children, and there
will be alarm lest the good reputation the urbanizacion has established
as a family oriented resort with the most residential ambience of any
of the Vera Playa urbanizacions should be sullied by this discovery, which
is why the President and Governing Body of the urbanizacion has acted
immediately to bring about the eviction of these undesirable tenants from
the urbanizacion. Now other owners are urging the President to consider
tightening the Rules of the Community to ensure that all renters have
proper contracts and that they have to sign up to comply with all the
Rules of the Community.
29 December 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
UPDATE - 19 February 2004: No action
seems yet to have been taken and the alleged female prostitutes are still
in occupation of the apartment in the Bahia de Vera urbanizacion. They
are believed to be holders of EU passports and it may be that there are
no legal grounds on which they can be evicted.
Bahia de Vera goes hi-tech with security
The Community of Owners of Residencial Bahia de Vera has decided
to install high-tech computer controlled gate locks - this is partly to
increase security against potential criminals and partly to ensure that
unauthorised people do not enjoy the use of the urbanizacion's excellent
amenities for which owners pay high levels of community fees. The new
system will allow keys which are lost or not returned by renters to be
deactivated. December 2003 - - news item www.VeraPlaya.info
Council names VP's streets
Finding your way round the Vera Playa naturist zone is no longer something
of a mystery tour, Vera Council has now erected street names - one of
the main streets (the one from the entrance dual carriageway to the beach
between the Vera Natura and Playa de Baria urbanizacions has been named
"Avenida Tortuga Boba" (Foolish Turtle Avenue - after the turtles
which lay their eggs on the beach - this is also the name that the Naturist
Association for Vera Playa has adopted). Another example is the street
in which the main entrance of Vera Natura is situated - this has been
named "La Calle Naturaleza".
Source: Fran Clemente, President of the Naturist Association Tortuga
Boba. 25 November 2003 - - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
| "Swiss Chalet" shock for Torrema
owners at Torrema Natura have been surprised and upset to find a "Swiss
Chalet" social club building has been placed close to their apartments.
The building was not on the plans and nearby owners are unhappy about
the noise and visual intrusion which this unexpected facility will
cause. Owners are also annoyed that the blocks of the later phases
of Torrema Natura have been built in different locations to what was
shown on the original plans, some much closer and blocking expected
open outlooks. Another
11 November 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
Vera Playa resident beaten & robbed on beach:
A German man has been badly beaten up and robbed on the beach by
the Natura World site. The victim, who lives at the Bahia de Vera
urbanizacion, suffers from a chronic health problem and had taken
his car down to the beach adjacent to the Natura World and Armony
Natura sites. A group of people, believed to be Morrocan illegal
immigrants demanded money and when refused set upon the man and
gave him a severe beating-up. Money and documents were stolen, necessitating
a return to Germany to obtain new identification documents. This
is the latest in a series of crimes committed, it is believed, by
illegal immigrants who have flooded into southern Spain in recent
months. It is said that the police (Guardia Civil) do not want to
know about such crimes, though in this case they were obliged to
give the man the necessary papers so that he could leave Spain to
get new passport and other identification documents in his home
country of Germany.
Also in the last few days there have been several instances of
intruders being detected inside the gated residential urbanizacions
in the early mornings (4 - 6 a.m.) and whilst in some cases dogs
barking or residents hearing noises and investigating them has been
enough to cause the intruders to leave, in other cases there have
been burglaries, particularly of unoccupied properties. The most
audacious incident was at Vera Natura where the lock to the main
pedestrian entrance was wrenched off - probably by a substantial
power or hydraulic tool. This has necessitated the renewal of all
perimeter locks at Vera Natura and the issue of new keys to all
owners. There have also been other incidents of muggings within
the naturist zone in recent weeks, mainly in the evenings.
Spanish homes traditionally have bars (rejas) fitted to all windows
and doors and whilst the developers have fitted these to a small
number of properties (notably the town houses and ground floor apartments
of Parque Vera and the detached chalets at La Menara), most properties
have only folding or sliding shutters, which are fairly ease to
force. It is clear that the installers of rejas and sliding security
gates will be doing good business in the years ahead at Vera Playa
3 November 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
Webmaster's Comments: Potential visitors and/or property
owners should not panic or be put off coming to Vera Playa. There
is little doubt that crime here is a fraction of what it is in bigger
urban areas in Spain, the UK or elsewhere in Europe. What we are
almost certainly seeing is one of the near-inevitable consequences
of the large scale development which has happened both in the naturist
zone and in the surrounding textile development areas.
Ten years ago Vera Playa was no more than an
isolated hamlet in an otherwise undeveloped area. Now it is a large
village thoroughly plugged in to the modern world. Soon it will
be just a segment of a continuous coastal urbanisation - like Bognor,
Littlehampton or Worthing - but with mountains in the distance and
much better weather. Sad, but true.
Now there are pickings here for criminals and
it is time for Vera Playa owners and visitors to come to terms with
the fact that actually the naturist zone is not some sort of separate
world where everything is perfect - in fact it is part of the real
world, which isn't perfect.
Nor is it a sudden phenomenon - there have been
sporadic crimes - burglaries, thefts, cars being broken into - for
a number of years. Some people have not wanted to admit this even
to themselves. The recent assault described above - and one or two
other "thefts from a person" (muggings in the English
parlance) - are, as far as I know, just about the first such incidents.
Undoubtedly there will be other crimes committed
at Vera Playa - but your chance of becoming a victim of crime here
is exceedingly low - especially if you are sensible as you would
be anywhere else - don't leave your valuables on open display in
your garden and disappear off somewhere else, don't go off to the
swimming pool and leave all your doors and windows open. In other
words, when you come to Vera Playa don't strip off your common sense
at the same time as you strip off your clothes, and you are exceedingly
unlikley to have anything other than good memories of Vera Playa!
As anywhere else in the world there are villains
about - if you are sensible about locking up your apartment and
your valuables when you go out or away from it, and not leaving
valuables on display in your car (at least one car hire firm recommends
you to leave the glove box open and remove the rear parcel shelf
when their cars are parked at night to avoid break-ins), probably
your biggest risk is of being pick-pocketed - the crowded local
markets have always carried a risk of this, but recently one of
the winter residents of Vera Playa had his wallet, including money,
credit cards and driving licence lifted from him whilst he was talking
with friends at Mercadona (the largest local supermarket). The wallet
was in a hip pocket and, no doubt, almost asking to be pinched -
not that that's any comfort. This is not a unique incident and it
didn't happen in the naturist zone. Moral of this story? Once again
it is - be careful - always and everywhere - as you would in an
English market or crowded High Street, or at Sainsbury's or Tesco.
22 November 2003
Mozzies biggest cause for complaint in early
Summer where spraying inadequate:
Local Spanish newspaper Actualidad Almanzora reports in its
latest edition that in May and June this year the plague of mosquitoes
was the prime cause of complaint by hotel clients. The local councils
of Vera, Garrucha and Mojacar employ a contractor to spray areas
where mosquitoes breed and most urbanizacions also do their own
spraying. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance at any time of the year but
late spring and early summer is when they can reach plague
proportions, though the spraying usually reduces this to just a
nuisance problem. There is an increasing concern in all Mediterranean
areas about so-called giant mosquitoes and about the spread of new
diseases by mosquitoes which, like tourists, favour coastal areas.The
only real answers are (1) mosquito screens on all windows and (2)
anti-mosquito measures, such as sprays and "zappers".
Many hotel rooms and self-catering apartments do not have mosquito
screens - check that yours does before you book!
1 November 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
Naturist Zone gets its first bus shelter
a post box, now a bus shelter - Vera Playa is becoming quite metropolitan!
There has been a bus stop in Hotel Street for many years but none
in the naturist zone itself (the reason advanced for Hotel Street
being textile has been that it is served by a public bus service)
- though the school bus has come into the naturist zone. But now
Vera Council has erected this smart new bus shelter in the main
street of the naturist zone and the local public bus service is
now using it. Is this a world first? Does it just show how not-different
the Vera Playa naturist zone is?
As yet, this website does not have a copy of the timetable for
the new bus route - but it is understood that there is a service
to Vera and Garrucha at about hourly intervals during the day. Until
now there has been only 3 "special" bus services to enable
visitors and residents to go to Carboneras (Thursdays), Garrucha
(Fridays) and Vera (Saturdays) markets - and then only in the summer
period. The new service recognises the maturing of the zone as a
housing area with all year residents as well as holiday visitors.
17 October 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
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|Vera Playa's First House Demolition
Such is the frenzied state of property development at VP that a house
which was not fully constructed has already been demolished. The shell
of the large detached house on the main street of the naturist zone
adjoining La Menara stood unfinished for more than two years. It was
recently sold and has now been demolished so, it is understood, an
apartment block can be built on the large plot.
12 Sept 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
| "Silly Turtle" found dead on Vera Playa
summer at least two of the so-called "silly turtles" have
been found dead on the beach at Vera Playa. When the turtles were
first found to be laying eggs on VP's long sandy beach there was great
optimism that the turtles would make the beach their regular egg-laying
site. The dead turtles appeared to have died from natural causes.
It is not known whether they had already laid and buried their eggs.
The new Vera Playa naturist association has named itself Assocn.
Naturista Tortuga Boba after the turtles.
16 Sept 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
Photos copyright - www.VeraPlaya.info 2003 (Click
on image for larger photo)
Let's not lose 2 kms of our beach!
Playa made the headlines and TV news in Spain in August when 700
naturists and some textiles held a march along the 3 kms of naturist
beach to protest about Vera Council's actions in re-signing the
southern 2 kms as textile. This was just the latest stage in the
dispute between the naturists and the local council - see our
News and Beach Protest
pages for full details. The southern 2 kms of naturist beach is
the bit that many visitors to Vera Playa have never used as it's
too far from their hotel or apartment - but maybe they - and you
- should? Use it or lose it !
Photo copyright - Assocn. Naturista Tortuga Boba 2003
www.VeraPlaya.info - August 30 2003 © 2003
See also Commentary article
700 Naturists in Naked March for Free Beach: August saw
the hottest weather at Vera Playa for many years - and tensions
between naturists and some textiles reached boiling point also.
There were a number of confrontations between textiles and naturists
on the most southerly 1.8 kms of beach which for nearly a quarter
of a century has been part of the 3 kms long officially designated
naturist beach and which was resigned - illegally - by Vera Council
in 2002 as textile. Many of the textile users of this length of
beach do not realise its long history and official designation as
a naturist beach and some who are "naturist-phobic" have
sought to challenge the use of the beach by naturists. Many naturist
visitors to Vera Playa are probably unaware of the disputed length
of beach as it is beyond the naturist zone's developed area (where
the Hotel and residential urbanizacions are situated). Until recently
the land adjoining this southerly beach area was completely undeveloped
- but now thousands of textile apartments are being built on the
land fronting this section of beach.
700 naturists - and some textiles - joined a peaceful protest
march organised by the Naturist Association of Vera Playa (TBNa)
on Sunday 24 August which started at the Almanzora Camping ground
(the northern boundary of the naturist beach) and proceeded south,
past the infamous illegal council signs which claim to mark the
end of the "Official" naturist beach at Vera Playa at
Playa de Baria 1, to the Camino de los Tres Olivos 1.8kms further
south, which is the boundary under the 1979 Decree which established
the official naturist beach. The purpose of the march was to advocate
a "Free Beach" on the disputed beach, which can be used
as naturist or textile according to individuals' preferences. Police
nearly arrested the leaders of the march - and the Naturist Association
believe that police intervention was at the Council's request. A
2000 signature petition has been delivered to Vera Council demanding
the Free Beach status.
The protest march received massive publicity on TV, Radio
and has had many column-inches of coverage and comment in Spanish
Some of the textiles who have confronted naturists
seem to have come from Playa de Baria 1 - an urbanizacion in the
naturist zone which was initially sold by its developers as naturist
and later as textile - a sure recipe for dissent, which has, unsurprisingly,
happened. Last year Vera Council unlawfully erected signs seeking
to reduce the length of the naturist beach by well over 50% and
restricting it to the beach immediately in front of the naturist
urbanizacions and hotel.
Vera Council and the Naturist Association
are more at conflict than ever, with Vera's Mayor threatening legal
action against the Association's President, Fran Clemente. The Ombudsman
for Andalucia has come out in the naturists' favour and The Andalucian
government has now to rule on the legality of Vera Council's actions
which are widely believed to result from the Council being in bed
with the developers of the new textile urbanizacions currently under
construction and which front the disputed beach and who want it
to be designated textile to facilitate the sales of their apartments.
More on beach protest.
24 August 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
All photos copyright - Assocn. Naturista Tortuga Boba 2003
Buoys to increase beach safety: Yellow buoys have been anchored
in a long line parallel to the beach and running all the way to
Garrucha. At intervals there is a channel for boats to be launched,
indicated by two lines of buys at right angles to the beach, one
line red, one green. The only such launching lane within the area
of the naturist beach is opposite Natsun, though there is another
one opposite the Valle d'Este Beach Club at Peurto Rey. It is understood
this is intended to increase safety for bathers and that all boats
are banned from the area within the yellow buoys. However, at the
moment at least, there appears to be no explanatory notices on the
shore - at least at Vera Playa - as to the purpose of the buoys
and how they should be used.
23 June 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
Beach shortening protest reinvigorated: The formation of
a new naturists' association at Vera Playa (TBnA - named after the
turtle which came ashore to lay its eggs 2 years ago) has given
a focal point for new actions to challenge what is believed to be
the illegal and unconstitutional actions by Vera Council in attempting
to shorten the naturist beach at Vera Playa by nearly one half of
its length. The new association, led by its President, Francisco
Clemente, has prepared to take legal actions on a number of fronts.
The first is an appeal to the Defender of the Citizens of Andalucia
(roughly equivalent to an Ombudsman) who has power to investigate
and to instruct public authorities to change decisions where he
finds these to be wrong. A strong case, supported by a 2081 signature
petition has been put to the Ombudsman, based on the original designation
of the naturist beach between Puerto Rey and Vera Playa in 1979.
The naturist association maintains that it is beyond the power of
Vera Council to unilaterally change the decree which established
the naturist beach. The help of all owners, visitors and other supporters
of naturism at Vera Playa is urgently requested. Please visit our
beach protest page to find
a link to the Ombudsman's website where you can post your message
6 April 2003 - news item www.VeraPlaya.info © 2003
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