Costa resorts have split personalities. Their existence depends on entertaining hundreds of thousands of tourists lapping up sun, sea and sand during the day and gulping down nightlife once the sun sets.
But the people who cater to their needs want a good night’s sleep and that’s when the trouble starts. This was brought home by an Alicante High Court verdict ordering the closure of Benidorm’s Tiki Beach that was welcomed by the seafront pub’s immediate neighbours.
And not only the Tiki Beach’s owners were worried by its implications because bar and pub owners fear this ruling could set a precedent.
The Alicante judges cited the “grave problems” caused by the Tiki Beach’s loud music and the “unbridled behaviour” of the pub’s largely British clientele.
As the Tiki Beach proprietors prepare to appeal the Alicante ruling pub, bar and disco owners warn that this could drastically alter Benidorm’s nightlife.
Victor Navarro, president of the sector’s Ociobal association expressed support for the Tiki Beach owners. He also voiced worries that the Alicante verdict brought into question the validity of the resort’s noise control measures. “It creates a worrying situation where we are at the mercy of our neighbours,” Navarro said.