A new raft of bylaws have been approved by the local council as the new tourist season begins, with “very serious” breaches punishable with the maximum fine of around £2,300.
The councillor for police and citizenship Gori Estarellas said the new regulations are “brief and very practical and reflect the complaints that we have received basically in summer in El Arenal and the coastal area”.
Estarellas listed the complaints as “noise, alcohol consumption and the concentrations of people on the street”.
The council described the measures as “very necessary” and Mayor Bernadí Vives said they would be adapted as the summer progressed.
The £2,300 fines will be slapped on anyone found drinking in the street, especially during bottle parties, or if they are disturbing the peace of the resort.
There are also fines of between £42 to £632 for minor offences and up to £1,264 for serious ones.
The very serious category includes “offering, soliciting, negotiating and accepting sexual services in public spaces”, “acts of exhibitionism, proposition or provocation of a sexual nature” and “performing sexual acts in public spaces”.
There will also be a general crackdown on noise and ball games in the street.
For reasons of public order, between midnight and 8am, alcohol will not be sold, except by establishments in the hotel and catering sector “provided it is consumed in the same premises”.