Following complaints about mostly foreign tourists wandering the streets of Marbella, especially around Puerto Banús, without a shirt or in swimming costumes, Marbella council has taken action.
Councillors have recently finished drawing up a revised set of local bylaws against antisocial behaviour in the resort which is currently at public consultation phase before being voted on by the full council.
In clause 63 of the section of the rules headed 'Other behaviour that disturbs coexistence among residents', it is expressly forbidden to “walk or loiter on the public highway or in a public area, except where authorised by municipal authorities in specified areas; if naked; with a bare torso; in underwear; with clothes or accessories that represent the genitals or private parts of humans”. In an effort to restrict over-excited hen and stag groups, the rules also extend to include “dolls, dummies, or symbols of a sexual nature”.
In clause 63b on “Nudism or Semi-nudism”, the rules prohibit “walking or loitering ...just in a bathing costume or similar clothing item, except in swimming pools, beaches, access areas as well as paseos marítimos”.
Warnings given out first
Levels of fine have been set at up to 750 euros, however the council says that offenders will merely be warned first and given the chance to cover up or put the offending items away.
Councillor for Public Highways at Marbella council, José Eduardo Díaz, highlighted that the new rules “are to improve what there was before, that was already regulated, but in a disparate way”.
In the draft document, local cleansing services as well as police and emergency services have made suggestions and now the council is waiting for comments from residents associations and business groups before final approval. It is hoped that the rules will be operational by the end of June.
Rules on child bullies
The set of bylaws clamping down on antisocial behaviour also includes rules on keeping the streets clean; putting signs, posters or flyers up; and consuming alcohol.
It also includes measures to prevent children bullying each other in public areas. If there is bullying at a cultural event or festival, the organisers are required to report it and perpetrators' families could be fined up to 3,000. This rule also applies to bullying of or discrimination against older and disabled people.
In addition, the rules extend to cover behaviour that could be considered racist, sexist or homophobic, with fines of up to 1,500 euros.