Diversification is needed

Dear Editor,

The Algarve Resident conducted an online poll recently that indicated approximately 90% of respondents believe local councils “kowtow” to real estate developers at the expense of the existing residents.

Will you be writing an article on this? All you have to do is look at the approved PIN projects and see that developers use the PIN concept to circumvent national and local regulations, bully local councils into accepting these developments in the name of jobs, and ultimately enrich developers at the expense of neighbouring land holders. 

If developers’ projects are such a good idea, why do they need PIN money/designation?  Don’t you think it would be much better if the Portuguese government were to invest 200million euros in a solar research, development, and manufacturing facility in the Algarve instead of a race track or another development that destroys what is left of the Algarve coast?

High tech investments will create long term, high value add jobs and attract highly paid professionals, and provide alternative employment to locals. What is good about a development, it creates short term construction jobs for locals, then long term jobs for cleaning ladies, gardeners, and wait staff?

When it comes to jobs, young people need options other than tourism. Diversification is what the economy needs, not more tourist beds. 

I can think of about five other alternative investments that are needed in the Algarve that are much better than a golf course.

For example, orange groves and good farmland are being converted into golf courses.  Why is this?  I always notice copious quantities of Algarve citrus rotting on the trees, yet find Israeli citrus in stores throughout Europe.

Even more insulting is to find Spanish citrus being sold in a Continente that is located next door to a citrus grove! Why, because the locals don’t have a cost efficient mechanism to get their produce to market? A PIN project that invested in a high tech citrus juicing and storage facility in Silves would help local farmers significantly. 

I hope that someday the Resident will start writing more hard hitting articles that discuss real issues, instead of the “Happy Clappy” journalism you publish today.