Jet skis might be fun to ride but for everybody else, either on the beach or even living on a hillside above the sea, they are a right pain. For the former, they represent a danger if irresponsibly used and for the latter, the noise is like living next to a race track.
Just the same as there are bike riders on roads that think they are race tracks whilst others obey the Highway Code to the letter, there are jet-ski enthusiasts that use their private machines or rented ones sensibly but others who scream around invading bathers only areas and narrowly avoid collisions with other water craft.
The semi-independent, municipal dependency of Carchuna-Calahonda has decided to do something about the use off its beaches by sending out patrols to intercept illegal races and irregular use next to the beaches, with the collaboration between the Policía Local de Motril and the Guardia Civil. The municipal police coordinate on land with Guardia Civil maritime units.
“We see ourselves forced to help out the Policía Local in the task of patrolling beaches,” said the First Councillor for Calahonda, Sra. Abarca, adding, “the presence of jets skis has been increasing year after year but this summer there has been an increase of riders not respecting the established norms, putting into danger bathers because they come too close to the beaches.”
So far the Policía Local has already fined one user and confiscated his jet ski for coming too close to the beach.
But Calahonda is not alone because residents in front of Velilla Beach in Almuñécar have reported that the noise made by these machines prevents them from sleeping (siestas).
(News: Carchuna-Calahonda, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)