Explicit Ban on the Placement of Tents and Beach Accessories on Dunes

The draft of the Tourism Ministry to amend the Law on the Black Sea Coast Plan envisages an explicit ban on the placement of tents and beach accessories such as umbrellas and towels on dunes. Fines for this can reach up to BGN 25,000 for a second violation. The text is published for public discussion.

The text explicitly prohibits the placement of tents and beachwear on dunes that fall into the coastal areas A and B closest to the shore. It is also forbidden to drive through the dunes. In terms of penalties, for a first offense, they will be between 1,000 and 3,000 BGN for individuals and from 2,000 to 5,000 BGN for legal entities. In case of a repeated violation, the fine for individuals can reach up to BGN 7,000 and for legal entities - up to BGN 25,000.

It is not clear how the control will take place. According to the latest data from 2015, there are over 4,600 acres with dunes, but over 3,000 of them are in private properties.

Much of the dunes are located along the Southern Black Sea coast - in the regions of Nessebar, Primorsko, Sozopol, Kiten, Tsarevo, Koral beach and others.

With the texts, the ministry also discusses the idea that beaches should be grouped into different categories according to their location, natural resources, etc. The goal is grouping to help with the concession or rental fees.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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