THE BEACHES of San Pedro del Pinatar will become the strictest of the entire Spanish coast on July 18 as the new ‘ordenanza de Uso y Disfrute de las Playas’ (ordinance on the use and enjoyment of beaches) will come into force.
The ordinance prohibits, amongst other limitations, the playing of ball sports on the beach or in the sea – with fines of up to €750 for anyone found to be disobeying.
Municipal police may impose similar fines for anyone urinating on the beach or in the sea (however the ordinance does not clarify how officers will prove this) and anyone found to be reserving space on the beach in the morning with towels and umbrellas.
Also prohibited are animals on the beach and bicycles on the seafront.
Anyone found to be littering on the beach will be fined up to €750 along with anyone making improper use of the footpath, removing sand from the beach or washing in the sea with soap.
The most controversial measure has been the banning of nudity on ALL beaches, especially given the Pintarenese coast offers nudist beaches such as La Llana – away from the rest at the end of the Parque Regional de las Salinas.
The ban has sparked outrage with La Federacion Espanola de Naturismo (The Spanish Federation of Naturism), who intend on denouncing the Consistory on grounds of prevarication.
The Federation claim the Consistory to be ‘criminalising the human body’ said President, Ismael Rodrigo.