Algarve beach safety priority for 2010

More than 25 per cent of the government’s budget for public spending (PIDDAC) for the Algarve this year will be used to replenish sand on its beaches.

According to the 2010 PIDDAC, the region will receive a total of 52.9 million euros.

Of this, 14.1 per cent will be used to replenish sand on the beaches between Forte Novo and Garrão in Loulé council, Albufeira council’s beaches and Praia D. Ana in Lagos.

The most expensive will be the work carried out on the beaches in Loulé council, which is due to cost 10.3 million euros and will involve moving 1.2 million cubic metres of sand from the sea onto the beaches, increasing their length by 40 metres.

Work on Albufeira’s beaches is due to cost 2.2 million euros, with sand being replenished along two kilometres of coastline between Peneco and Forte de São João.

Sand replenishment work at Praia D Ana has been awarded 1.6 million euros from this year’s budget.