Thanks to Pearl D for emailing me about this issue yesterday.....
There has recently been an announcement about which beaches in the area will have blue flag status for 2017. In 2016 there were 5 beaches. This year there will be only 2. Apparently the two beaches in Almerimar (Levante and Poniente) and the one in Guardias Viejas do not have blue flag status this year.
The PSOE opposition to the PP led council in El Ejido has reproached the council and asked for an explanation. According to the article here on the Ideal site the councillor in charge of tourism for the area, Luisa Barranco, will be appearing publicly this morning starting at 10:30am to give an explanation.
I will publish more about this issue once I have the information.