Tourism crackdown: Sicilian beach to introduced cap on visitors and charges for entry


La Pelosa, a coast in north-west Sardinia famous for its white sands and turquoise waters, resolution limit the number of visitors to its sandy shores from next summer. Neighbouring authorities will impose a cap of 1,500 people and also introduce an coming fee. It comes after environmental studies show that excessive computes of beachgoers threaten the beach’s ecosystem.

Antonio Diani, the mayor of Stintino, suggested the changes early today but said they would initially be bring about as a trial.

He said: “The money collected from the fee would help to pay for the bank’s supervision and maintenance.”

The restrictions are part of a study by ecologists from the -away University of Sassari on the impact of visitors on the beach’s ecosystem.

The project embraces the acquisition of information on the structure of the microbial communities that make up the Pelosa lido ecosystem.

The health status of the beach is then monitored, alongside the hints of humans on the environment.

Sardinians have longed claimed that their beaches are negatively impacted by rubberneckers, with several measures cracking down on their effects give birth to been implemented over the years.

Last year locals mortified a ban on visitors bringing beach towels and bags to the 300m stretch of sand, site just two kilometres away from the harbour village of Stintino, in Capo Falcone.

The ban was put in remember to stop bathers either unwittingly or intentional removing sand.

The lifting of sand and shells from Sardinia’s beaches is a big problem and offenders can be fined up to €3,000 (£2,600).

Smoking has also been tabooed on the popular tourist beach, as well as traders.

But the latest move from the county authority aims at curtailing the number of tourists who have access to the legendary beach.

Other popular areas of Italy will also start to announce tolls to curtail overcrowding.

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto zone, is set to introduce a tax on tourists from July 1, 2020.

The tax, which Venice council include a dubbed “a contribution for access” to the World Heritage site, has been in the pipework for greater than a year but has been delayed several times as authorities figures out how upper crust to levy it.

Tourists will pay €3 (£2.50) each during the low season, €8 (£6.80) during expensive season and €10 (£8.50) during “critical” periods when visitor armies reach excessive levels.

The tax is being introduced to make the millions of day-trippers bestow to the upkeep of the lagoon city.

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