Leisure ports planning
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Leisure ports constitute a separately identifiable leisure option which is normally associated with Maritime Tourism. The form a highly dynamic sector whose expansion has knock-on effects, both direct and indirect, on numerous economic activities. The lack of foresight in the development of leisure ports and indiscriminate local actions aimed at solving the problem of the increase in maritime recreational activity takes place. An awareness of the gravity of this threat led Regional Government of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria (Spain) to reflect on several important points: Which are the key factors to take into account when establishing a non-speculative ports policy which respects the coastal environment? How could the degradation of the coastal strip be avoided while, at the same time, the real needs of the region are satisfied? The aim of the present papers is to evaluate the magnitude and economics importance of the recrational fleet, considering these as decisive aspects in the planning decisions finally adopted.