Spanish Resort Town Fining Beachgoers Who Use Gear to Reserve Space
If you've ever vacationed on a beach, you've more than likely left your umbrella and other belongings sitting in the sand for some reason or another.
Well, one resort town in Spain has had enough.
The BBC reported that authorities in Torrox, a municipality in Malaga in Southern Spain, are confiscating abandoned beach items and slapping the owners with a fee.
The fee of €30 equates to $33 based on the current exchange rate.
"We don’t want to start naming the country whose tourists are most guilty of this beach land-grabbing, but I think we can all guess who they are," said a Torrox council spokesman via the BBC.
"It is infuriating to arrive at the beach and find all the space taken by towels and umbrellas, but hardly any people," the spokesman added. "Our new policy seems to be having the desired effect, and as a result there is less wasted space on the beach and more room for everyone."
While the bylaw was first introduced in 2014, only a limited number of seizures were made last summer. But so far, police have made 30 seizures in 2015.
Here's a look at a recent confiscation in progress courtesy of Diario SUR on Twitter:
Those who violate the bylaw have two weeks to collect their beach gear before authorities dispose of it.
The town's efforts won't stop with penalizing vanishing beachgoers, though. Torrox officials have also launched a broader campaign aimed at improving visitors' overall beach experience. The plan includes handing out thousands of pamphlets that explain beach rules and regulations.
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