Spain has passed several laws to protect the coastal strip. As a matter of principal, the area next to the sea should be free from buildings. Then there is an area six metres wide which should also be free from any unauthorised building. Building is permitted in the area 20 metres from the shore but is subject to certain restrictions.
Torrevieja, along with other coastal towns, are going to suspend granting any licenses for this area for the moment as a precautionary measure. That means that the owners of these properties cannot make any alterations including changing an awning until the situation is resolved.