According to the Aspro Group in a statement on Wednesday their Palmitos Park dolphinarium was built “on rustic land and not in protected natural space, and has the mandatory license granted by the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.” despite the recent ruling of the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC), adding that the procedure used by the Canarian Executive, what is known as the Territorial Action Project (PAT), meant for projects of great territorial or strategic importance (an exceptional management tool, reserved for initiatives of general interest on rural land), was in fact arbitrary and contrary to the provisions of the General Plan (PGO) in force in the southern municipality, published in February 2007.
They have pointed out, as was reported on Monday, that the judicial decision is still not final and can be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Aspro Group have indicated that for more than 15 years “various urban planning instruments have been processed so that the investment and construction of the dolphinarium could be carried out in an orderly manner and with full respect for the current urban norms”.
They say that in this regard, they have ensured that the public interest and other legal requirements are sufficiently fulfilled and accredited in the PAT regarding the dolphinarium Palmitos Park.
Likewise, they consider “without prejudice to respect for judicial decisions”, that “the PAT was processed and approved in accordance with the applicable urban regulations, had all the favorable prescriptive reports and constitutes an enabling title for the purpose intended.”
Finally, the statement from Aspro Group concluded by underlining its commitment to investment and job creation in the Canary Islands, saying they “will continue to offer visitors and citizens a quality tourism offering, as it has been doing for 30 years.”