Tourist fined €150 for leaving parasol unattended on Torrevieja beach

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DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED: Torrevieja beach in the morning

A MADRID tourist has been fined €150 after using his parasol to reserve a space on El Cura beach in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, in the first such sanction ever handed out in Spain.

Local authorities consider his actions as disruptive to the ‘urban cleaning’ of public areas, despite the beachgoer insisting he had simply gone for a swim and had never left the beach.

Torrevieja council said that leaving a parasol unattended “contravenes a municipal ordinance that aims to avoid reserving a space,” as they handed out the punishment some nine months after the incident took place.

The use of parasols, deck chairs or towels to reserve places is apparently forbidden between 3am and 8am, and beach councillor Javier Manzanares said: “People who live in Torrevieja have seen people leaving parasols and other items on the beach at 5.30 am…it is dangerous and makes life difficult for beach cleaners, who work until 6 am.”

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