Drunk British tourists to be fined in Magaluf, Spain
MAGALUF is to hit misbehaving tourists with even tougher “on-the-spot” penalties this summer, with fines for anti-social behaviour soaring at least four times as much as last year.
Any holiday-maker involved in rowdiness in the Spanish party town will now be fined €400 ($638) instead of the $160 of 2017 and $800 for any breach of the peace involving alcohol.
The same 400 per cent rise is being applied to any tourist caught urinating in the street, who will now have to fork out $638 while the fine for going naked or semi-naked in a public place will double to $638 as well, The Sun reports.
Calvià council, which covers all the main tourist hot spots in and around Magaluf, has published a revised list of existing sanctions that will increase in price. They will either multiply fourfold, double or rise two and a half times the existing amount.
A spokesman for the tourist area said: “Calvià council has approved by decree to increase the amount of sanctions that refer to 16 infractions of the Municipal Ordinance for the Promotion of Coexistence in Calvià.
“After the experience of 2017 and with the aim of encouraging spaces for the enjoyment of residents and tourists, it has been decided to increase the amount of fines in order to prevent certain behaviour and guarantee an optimal coexistence between the residents of Calvià and visitors.” (sic)
One of the main objectives will be to tackle drinking in the street and bottle parties, one of the most common problems during the tourist season.
“In addition, preventing the practice of nudism or semi-nudism in unauthorised places is another of the challenges to improve coexistence,” says the council.
The long list of rules to combat bad behaviour was first published in October of 2016 and started to come into force last summer, at first with warnings and then with fines.
Calvia council thinks it has made some progress and has been imposing penalties on rowdy tourists, including a group of 18 Brits who decided to streak along the seafront. They were each fined $319.
If anything similar happens this season, the fine would be double as much.
All 16 of the sanctions come under the “minor” category and if paid within 10 days, will have a 50 per cent discount.
1. Any event organiser breaching alcohol rules.
2. Any act or individual who “goes against the composure, order and urbanity required for social coexistence”.
3. Urinating in a public place.
4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public spaces causing inconvenience to people who use public space and residents.
5. The consumption of alcoholic beverages seriously disrupting coexistence citizen in a way that deteriorates the tranquillity of the environment or provokes unsanitary situations.
6. The consumption of alcoholic beverages seriously disrupting coexistence in a demeaning manner for pedestrians or other users of public spaces.
7. The consumption of alcoholic beverages seriously disrupting coexistence in any place where children might be affected.
8. Bottle parties on roads and public spaces of any nature.
9. Lack of respect and consideration directed to a member of the Calvià police in the exercise of their role to protect the public.
10. The carrying out of activities and the provision of unauthorised services in a public space, such as tarot, clairvoyance, massage or tattoos.
11. Going nude or naked or semi-nude on public roads outside the zones authorised by decree of the Mayor’s Office.
12. Walking or going on public transport or in a public space without a top, except in swimming pools, beaches or other places where this is normal or as allowed on pavements, streets and roads immediately adjoining the beaches or the rest of the coast.
13. Throwing litter down in a public place, especially cigarette butts, chewing gum, peeling, papers, plastics, cans, containers, bottles or similar.
14. Putting into operation, on beaches and public places, equipment for sound, amplifiers, speakers of any power, instruments of percussion or similar that can generate a significant acoustic impact on the immediate surroundings.
15. Taking alcohol out on to the streets away from the original premises and consuming it on roads or public spaces, regardless of the container used.
16. Graffiti on public transport, equipment, street furniture, trees, gardens and public roads in general or climbing over these.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and as republished with permission.