UNLIKE their almost municipal neighbours 25 kilometres along the coast – Calpe – Benidorm is still reluctant to act against a growing number of people who are leaving empty sun loungers and beach umbrellas along the shoreline.
Some have been known to reserve their pitch before sunrise, allowing them a first-class spot on the busy beach.
This practice is becoming widespread, especially among people of a certain age, and was something that hadn’t been witnessed in Benidorm before until recently.
Calpe has already put in place their own by-laws to outlaw the habit which prohibits any ‘beach furniture’ or their owners on their beaches before 9.30am. According to reports, the council has begun to remove any offending items and if their owners want to get them back have to pay €250 to the municipal depository.
The issue in Benidorm is due to there not being any sanctions in place, although the matter has been debated for the last two years as to whether formal regulations need to be introduced.