POLICE in Torrox have begun to remove umbrellas that some beach goers use to reserve space for hours, to the dismay of other bathers who could use it.

Mayor Oscar Medina (PP) took to Facebook to discuss the measure and apologize to people who have been affected in the past few weeks for the ordinance not being implemented.

The ordinance prohibits the reservation of space by placing any object or furniture in the sand without the physical presence of the person who owns it.

It also specifies that any objects found in violation will be removed and stored by municipal services for a maximum of 14 days and can be retrieved after paying a €30 penalty.

Medina clarified that the rule will not affect people who leave their belongings to swim, walk, or grab a drink in a chiringuito but will hopefully stop people who get up early to place their umbrellas but don’t come back for several hours.

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