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24 Nov 2006 00:00 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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What we were missing sofar is a place for posts that won't fit in the existing topics and don't merit their own topic. And of course of a place for a little chit chat. Well, this is the right place... Anything goes!
 
To kick it off: did you know that the Fuengirola town hall has a special department for foreigners. You can ask them questions by mail or in person (in English and maybe in German and France too) and they go to great length to help you. They will even help you out filling forms, applying for licenses etc. Anything goes as long as it's town hall related. They act as an intermediate between the non Spanish residents and the city.
 
You just mail to foreignresidents@fuengirola.org or go to the Casa Cultura between 9 and 14.00 and ask for the Departemento Atencion Extranjero Residente.  You can reach them by telephone on  95 258 93 57.
 
On a completely different note: over the last weeks I met some of our future neighbours (some couples contacted me though this board as I already live in Fuengirola and they came over to see the developments) and we met for coffee or on other occasions for a glass of beer. Based on these meetings I really look forward to our first garden party. Some very nice people bought into Don Juan!


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28 Nov 2006 13:47 by Janmet Star rating in UK. 184 forum posts Send private message

Hi Max

We really enjoyed our meeting with you and look forward to meeting again sometime. Thankyou for the address of the townhall I have sent an email asking them if they are intending to upgrade the Tunnel near the Carribean bar. ( you should call in there and meet Simon he is a really nice guy) he also would love to see the tunnel improved and said now is the time to get it done because of the recent heavy rains there is a lot of debris they are going to have to clear. We had a good look at this tunnel and we felt it would not be to difficult to upgrade for pedestrians, and it would avoid the main road route completely. Just before we left they appeared to be starting on the road next to the railway track have you been there recently and are they making progress?


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28 Nov 2006 22:08 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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Hi Janmet family,
 
Was a pleasure to meet indeed!
 
Regarding the tunnel: they cleared the debris, but I still have my doubts about the conversion of the river to a tunnel. Let's see what the townhall has to say about it.
 
Have been on the site last sunday, but I didn't see any new developments on the dirt road. Like Davmunster stated elsewhere, they will discuss a temporary fix of the road with the town hall. Most of the work you see is the railway track doubling.


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29 Nov 2006 20:14 by davmunster Star rating in Carvajal\Belfast. 840 forum posts Send private message

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After reading the articles on Horizontal Property Act (on the general forum) it is clear that the key to a successful community is the President. One will be elected at the first community meeting and I think it would be a good idea if Eye on Spain members agreed to nominate a suitable candidate - as (probably) the only organised group I think we'd have a great chance of winning. The candidate would need to be a permanent resident - and be at least able to get by in Spanish. It is only for 1 year but a lot could be achieved in a year. Just to make it clear that I am not seeking nimination I don't qualify on either count.
What does everyone think?

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30 Nov 2006 16:53 by rydon Star rating in Newcastle UK/carvaja.... 19 forum posts Send private message

I Agree Davmunster, It would also be  helpful if anyone who would like to be nominated could make us aware.


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02 Dec 2006 18:39 by davmunster Star rating in Carvajal\Belfast. 840 forum posts Send private message

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Hi Rydon looknig through the "new neighbours" thread there are a lot of us who aspire to live in DJ eventually but probably only Max & Saskia and Raj and Ras who are planning to do so from the start.
The right President can make a massive difference - so if you want that heated pool let us know and we'll support you!

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02 Dec 2006 19:01 by wichmann Star rating in Copenhagen, Denmark .... 98 forum posts Send private message

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Hi,

I strongly agree in that we should nominate on a president candidate from the "EyeOnSpain Syndicate :o)", however I don't agree on that it is a must, that the candidate speaks Spanish, more improtant is it that the person like to do all the hard work that will follow and as you also mention that the person is a resident. I belive that with English you can come a long way (Speaking Spanish will of course be an advantage). So if any of the comming "residents" will sing up, she/he will have my support.

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02 Dec 2006 22:41 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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Regarding the presidency there's still the question of the dominant nationality. If most buyers are Spanish they will probably vote for meetings to be hold in Spanish (that is completely up to the majority).  As 'eye onspainers' we can only hope that english turns out to be the most common (shared) language.
 
There are several people on the board who want to live here permanently. Afaik, Andy Otter and his wife Gina and the American couple Sam en Steve complement the list DavMunster made. If my memory doesn't fail me both couples are studying Spanish so they would be excellent candidates.
 
Saskia and I discussed the subject and we would be willing to take up the job as we want to learn as much as possible about the Spanish life, want to make the most of the DJ community and consider it an excellent opportunity to integrate in local affairs.
 
Saskia is studying Spanish and will be able to communicate on a professional level within a few months (she plans to get her DELE exam which is highly regarded). I have ample experience in the Netherlands as member of our community board (about the same size as DJ) and as an active entrepeneur am already quite acquainted with the business world on the Costa. I also have an active interest in the Fuengirola town hall matters and since living here follow it closely.
 
However we aren't native English speakers and this could well be a serious objection. I would propose that we at least check Andy/Gina and Sam/Steve's intentions before we proceed in any way.
 
Having a strong candidate on the first meeting will certainly help us all as it are those first meetings in which the regulations, including the preferred language, are established.
 
 
 
 
 


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02 Dec 2006 22:46 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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' To be hold in Spanish' should read 'to be held'. It shows that English is not my first language :) 


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03 Dec 2006 16:51 by davmunster Star rating in Carvajal\Belfast. 840 forum posts Send private message

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Max - I think it is fantastic to you or Saskia at least willing to consider this at this stage. A lot of communities struggle to find a volunteer. Perhaps being niether English or Spanish will be an advantage!
On another subject have you or anyone any information on broadband at Don Juan - it is certainly widely available in Fuengirola and I hope will be available soon  after we get possession.

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10 Dec 2006 19:41 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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Well, we have at least one vote :)
 
As said it's a bit early as we don't yet know the majority of the buyers. If we all asked our real estate agents to mail their Don Juan clients the link to this board we would increase our position versus the developer. The agent don't have to compromise on privacy this way. Idea?
 
And please Alan, don't kick every topic with your photo's. We all read this board carefully so there is no need to.


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10 Dec 2006 19:59 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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Regarding broadband, it all depends on Telefonica and how fast they will connect us to their infrastructure. Some developments have to wait for years, others are big enough and/or close enough to existing infrastructure to get it done on short term. As soon as we're connected you can choose from several suppliers of ADSL lines.
 
In case you're really dependent on internet, you can go for Iberbanda (see their site). That's a high speed wireless connection (much faster than the usual hotel style wifi). Afaik Carvajal is within range of their transmitters.
 
 


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10 Dec 2006 21:14 by Janmet Star rating in UK. 184 forum posts Send private message

Well we second max as president we met him on a recent trip to Spain and we think he is perfect for the job. We think it is admirable for him to volunteer for this postion.

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11 Dec 2006 11:58 by eoin Star rating. 153 forum posts Send private message

I would like Max to be the President of don juan as he is very consistent with information and in keeping us all in check. Also a bonus is that Max and his wife live out in Fuengirola.


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11 Dec 2006 18:29 by michelle17 Star rating. 52 forum posts Send private message

Big thanks here for Max willing to put himself forward as president of the community. To have someone who is truly interested in the community is a huge bonus - thanks for all the info you post for us.


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11 Dec 2006 20:09 by davmunster Star rating in Carvajal\Belfast. 840 forum posts Send private message

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Hi Eoin. Arrohabitage hasn't put up the ugly green fences just to annoy us. There are safety regulations about pools. That is why there are 6ft fences near the pools and 3ft elsewhere.
With the right people running the community we can find solutions to this and every other problem and that is why I suggested we should start thinking about who should be president. I am delighted Max has agreed to consider it but I'd like to give him and Saskia the option of which of them would like to go forward. They are both able - although I'd have to say Saskia is better looking :)

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24 Dec 2006 14:52 by otterandy Star rating in Dubai - Carvajal. 260 forum posts Send private message

I would like to wish all my future neighbours a Merry Chrsitmas and a Happy New Year. I have been unusually quiet on these message boards over the last 6 months as I've had a lot on my plate at home. You will hear a lot more from me in 2007 with regards to community, completion, Sat TV etc. I will be going out to Spain at the end of Jan and will be requesting a joint meeting with the developer and my Abogado to get some of the DJ  issues sorted and questions answered. Happy Christmas ! Andy Otter



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24 Dec 2006 16:46 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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Good to hear from you Andy and let's try to meet if you are in Spain!
 
It was a lovely day with lots of sun. Tonight we will go to the centre and go with the flow as the Spanish make a big deal of Christmas Eve.
 
Feliz Navidad to you all from Fuengirola.
 
Max, Saskia and Isa


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25 Dec 2006 13:22 by Janmet Star rating in UK. 184 forum posts Send private message

MERRY XMAS TO EVERYONE


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28 Dec 2006 19:41 by max! Star rating in Fuengirola. 944 forum posts Send private message

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It's rather cold at the moment, but it was still comfortable enough to drink a beer in the garden of friends on Christmas day (and have a great meal inside!)
 
The evenings are colder than I expected and I sure miss central heating in our rental. When you go shopping for airco's consider that these are not the most comfortable solution for heating (and quite expensive). If you want to use your appartment in december and january you want some heating system without the constant airflow and sound of a reversed airco.


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