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Third Axarquía town set to introduce fines for ‘beach hoggers’

‘Beach hoggers’ would be fined 30 euros under the bylaw.
‘Beach hoggers’ would be fined 30 euros under the bylaw. / SUR
  • Nerja town hall has produced a consultation document, available for residents to read online, with a view to setting a beach bylaw

Nerja looks set to be the next town in the Axarquía to impose fines for ‘beach hoggers,’ according to a consultation document published by the town hall.

The proposal, which forms part of a list of 35 suggestions currently out to consultation, would see two inspectors employed to control the town’s beaches for signs of early morning ‘reservations’. A fine of 30 euros would be given to anyone caught leaving items such as parasols, chairs and towels to reserve a spot early in the morning.

Torrox Costa was the first town in the Axarquía to introduce such measures in 2014, attracting the attention of the international press. It was followed by Algarrobo Costa the following year. In 2016, Torrox town hall reported removing items from thirty suspected ‘beach hoggers.’

Nerja councillor for beaches, Cristina Fernández, told SUR on Tuesday: “It is inconceivable that in a tourist town like Nerja a beach bylaw still doesn’t exist.” Fernández added that such a document “exists in many Andalusian towns”.

Other suggestions included in the document are the prohibition of bonfires and camping except on authorised days such as 23 June which is San Juan night.

The document is available for consultation on the town hall website (www.nerja.es) until 12 May under ‘Participación Ciudadana.’