Benalmadena’s recent beach regulations are against the law, the Junta de Andalucia has warned.
The Environmental Department has said that the local laws, which have gained initial approval, must be annulled, and has given the town hall a month in which to do so.
The regulations include bans on putting sunshades between sun loungers and the shore, as well as banning swimming until after 11am in the summer, due to health and hygiene reasons.
The Environmental Department also pointed out that it was against general interests and violated coastal laws.
The town hall had already said that the regulations could be modified before coming into force, including doing away with a €50 deposit proposed for anyone who wants to have a party on the beach, or the article which required sun lounger touts to control wandering salesmen in their areas.
Following criticism from the opposition, the local mayor, Javier Carnero, said that many things had been misinterpreted, and that “towels would be allowed to be placed between the loungers and the shore, but that there would be a specific area for sunshades.”