The Spanish Coast Law was approved in 1988. Although it had honourable intentions, in respect of the defence of the coastline; it does risk leaving people without compensation for their property when it is included in public domain.
In fact, this law facilitates the transformation of private property into public property and offers as “compensation” to injured people a free concession for their “previous properties” for a maximum of 60 years (counted as from the year the Coast Demarcation of the island was approved, that’s in 1997). This transformation of the property into a free concession is a different way to do an expolio-state seizure of private property..
Considering the hugely significant economic consequences for affected property owners, the demarcation of Formentera should have been conducted with the highest degree of objectivity and professionalism (and with the direct involvement of the island’s Town Hall). But this has not happened. This demarcation is highly dubious and ignores the needs of our island (please see our objections to the demarcation).
We shouldn’t forget how poor Formentera was before the first tourists arrived. Many of the affected people have dedicated their lives to creating wealth, and property to bequeath as legacies to their children. However, what do we have left now? A concession on something that was once theirs, and yet which now means the product of years of work has come to nothing…We all go to bed knowing that our grandchildren won’t have the opportunity to continue with their family businesses nor to live in their properties…
We have been complaining about this situation for many years, but the only thing we have received are empty promises aimed at silencing us while the state land takeover process continued. In fact, only 3 or 4 cases out of 50 have resulted in legal victory and it seems that the Coast Demarcation is going to pursue the same demarcation again only with new documentation backing this demarcation.