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Fines for unattended beach gear in Spain

dpadpa 15/08/2016

A number of Spanish municipalities are taking measures against people who leave their gear unattended on the beach in order to claim a good spot.

A number of Spanish municipalities are taking measures against people who leave their gear unattended on the beach in order to claim a good spot, El Pais newspaper said.

Those who partake in the practice risk fines or having their items confiscated.

"We've decided to go a step further and instruct the local police to remove objects that are left out early in the morning in order to turn a public space into a private one," said Jose Manuel Prieto, an official with the city of Gandia, according to El Pais.

Just the announcement of stricter regulations was enough to get rid of the problem in Gandia, El Pais reported.

In addition to having their beach gear confiscated, tourists who still decide to break the rules can face a fine of up to 720 euros ($A1049).

The city about 65km south of Valencia, which sees its population grow from 75,000 to 300,000 residents in the summer, is one of many Spanish seaside resorts that have implemented such rules.

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