(This article was originally published in June 2009 and is visible now so that readers can look at what was happening on the Costa Tropical back then.)
You will all remember the great beach brolly rebellion of 2004, when the Mayor, for the first time, banned unattended beach equipment, under threat of being confiscated.
What had led to this was that people were literally paying others, to go first thing in the morning to the beach, and steak their claim for them with an sun shade, so we went from one extremity to the other.
Finally, virtually five years later, the locals that got into a scuffle with the Local Police, were up before the Magistrate. What led to the confrontation with the Local Police was that irate bathers, bereft of their beach equipment, decided to block the beach road.
Around 100 protestors used sun loungers and wheelie bins to make a barricade from which they demanded the return of their beach possessions. It wasn’t until 3 hours later that a lieutenant from the Guardia Civil convinced them to abandon their protest.
The Town Hall took seven protestors to court over the affair, which has resulted in the acquittal of them all, at a hearing at the end of May. The judge decided that it had not been proved that the accused had caused any danger to beach road users or residents.