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Mijas updates the proper use and enjoyment of our beaches

Having a beach nearby is like having a natural sanctuary at your doorstep. The beach offers a haven where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Whether it’s the warmth of the sun on your skin, the sensation of sand between your toes, or the refreshing embrace of the ocean, each visit rejuvenates the soul. It’s a place where you can unwind, reflect, and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Plus, there’s no better feeling than taking a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.

Having a beach nearby is truly a blessing for all of us in Mijas Pueblo, where we have endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and moments of pure bliss. Now, Mijas Town Hall updated the ordinance that regulates the proper use and enjoyment of our beaches.

Mijas Town Hall convened unanimously a new ordinance aimed at regulating the appropriate utilization and enjoyment of the beaches. Ana Mata, the mayoress of the municipality, highlighted the modification of the ordinance to align with obligations mandated by the Tourism Quality Management System ‘Q for Tourism Quality’, Environmental Management, and Universal Accessibility standards, alongside those related to the Blue Flag and Safe Tourism Certified requirements.

The updated ordinance introduces several noteworthy provisions. It mandates that all boats acquire municipal authorization to occupy dry docks; failure to comply will result in immediate removal and subsequent disposal of the vessel. Moreover, it stipulates the use of wooden chocks instead of tires as boat supports, requires specific canvas awnings for protection, and mandates visible boat identification.

In terms of beach usage, the ordinance emphasizes optimizing public land while maintaining a minimum distance from the shore and providing adequate waste disposal facilities.

The ordinance also regulates recreational fishing hours during the bathing season and emphasizes respect for the shoreline distance to ensure safety and access.

Ana Mata stressed the importance of preserving the coastline, urging the national government to address long-standing beach regeneration and stabilization issues, which have been pending despite previous budget allocations, acoording to Mijas Comunicación.

Although the ordinance received unanimous support, opposition members expressed the need for continued dialogue to balance various beach activities, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all visitors. The ordinance’s development involved inputs from groups like Ecologists in Action, reflecting a collaborative approach to beach management aimed at enhancing the municipality’s coastal assets.