Chief of Torrox Local Police, José Manuel Ruiz Ortega, has reported a 75 per cent reduction in beach-goers reserving the best spots near to the shoreline this year, compared with 2015, when the local bylaw was implemented and in 2016 and 2017.
The town attracted international media attention when it announced the law three years ago and, according to Ruíz Ortega, as well as mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, the measure is clearly working.
However, they added that instead of objects being left early in the morning or at lunch time, in some cases they have come across just one person looking after several parasols and other items. "When asked they claim that they are using all the items," commented the Local Police chief. Despite this tactic, he added that people are removing their belongings when they go for lunch and bringing them back when they return.
Other towns to have implemented a similar law include Algarrobo, Nerja and Benalmádena.