The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has stepped up controls over the the proliferation of rented deckchairs and umbrellas at the Blue Lagoon.
Following a spate of complaints about deckchairs taking up all spaces, officials were at Comino this morning to ensure that deckchairs were not laid out before they were rented, and concession limits were observed.
In a statement, the Authority said it was pleased to note that the regulations specified in the concession agreements, including those relating to the maximum number of deckchairs allowed and the prices per unit that can be charged, were being followed.
The MTA said this exercise was ongoing till the end of summer.
Activity is intensified during the month of August which is traditionally the peak holiday month.
To date, about €12,000 in penalties have been imposed.
The MTA said the current situation is a definite step forward compared to the chaotic unregulated situation that prevailed some years ago, when as many as 1,500 deckchairs were spread all over the Blue Lagoon, including Cominotto and the garrigue area.
Read also here.