28th March 2023
Catamarans at the Club de Mar, Sitges.
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Sitges Club de Mar denies any notification of building to be demolished

The board of directors of the Club de Mar in Sitges has denied receiving any notification for the demolition of the club’s building. It did so following information published last Friday in some media, which indicated that 10 nautical clubs across Catalonia – including the Club de Mar – had been notified that they had to demolish their facilities.

The information from different media indicated that the General Directorate of Coasts and Marine Environment, under the Ministry of Ecological Transition, was planning the demolition of 10 nautical clubs in Catalonia, including the Club de Mar of Sitges. It was also reported that the Catalan government, as the managing administration, had communicated this to those clubs affected. However, according to the Sitges club, the notification has only been received by the Club Nàutic of Badalona.

What is certain is that these 10 clubs are pending the renewal or revocation of the license that they each have for the space occupied on the coastline, once the current license has elapsed. The process has been going on for years and the Club de Mar itself filed an administrative lawsuit two years ago against the Catalan government’s decision to possibly not renew the license. This litigation has also been filed by other local companies affected: the Swimming Club (which has small facilities on the beach), Pic Nic and Kansas. The cases are still pending a resolution.

Like the Club de Mar, there are nine other nautical clubs in Catalonia waiting to obtain a renewal of their licenses. They are, in addition to Badalona, ​​the clubs in Cubelles, Castelldefels, Torredembarra, ​​Vilassar, Calella de Mar, Cabrera, Canet and Pineda.

Last year, the Club de Mar received a fine of 60,000 euros from the state for over-occupying the space dedicated to sports activities. The club hosts a range of nautical sports activity, and which has gained importance in recent years – and from which junior athletes with great potential have emerged. In September the club also organised a national catamaran championship.

Catamarans at the Club de Mar, Sitges.
Catamarans at the Club de Mar, Sitges. (CDM, via L’Eco)

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