Inventive ways of municipal fund raising …

Update 8 July: San Miguel de Abona has approved a bylaw modification that will make it an offence, with fines of between €750 and €1,500, to sell vehicles in public spaces or on roads in the municipality. Those wanting to sell cars privately must get a licence from San Miguel Ayuntamiento, and this must be displayed prominently in the vehicle being sold. The council says that many people put a se vende sign on cars parked along busy roads, or in service stations, car parks, etc, often where there are legitimate car dealerships nearby, and it is unfair for these businesses to be put at a disadvantage. There’s a nice little earner in it for the council from fines too, no doubt.

Update 29 April: Despite denials at high level in La Laguna that fines were not to be imposed for bathing outside lifeguard hours on the municipality’s beaches, and despite insistence at high level in La Laguna that all that was being envisaged was a warning that people bathed outside lifeguard hours at their own risk, it is now clear that fines are indeed envisaged after all, as I posted on the first post below. Article 19.4ff of the new bylaw, indeed, shows that fines will start at €750, the “offence” being  considered “serious”:

Update 27 April: Puerto de la Cruz Ayuntamiento has unanimously given initial approval to a new bylaw to enforce street cleanliness, which will see fines of between €100 and €750 for a range of activities in the street. These activities include using them as a public toilet, throwing cigarette ends, feeding animals, car washing, not picking up animal mess, writing graffiti, placing publicity leaflets, spitting, and shaking carpets or other fabrics. Even watering plants on the outside of buildings is now forbidden unless between midnight and 8am.

Further offences, to incur fines of between €751 and €1,500, will include throwing rubbish in any public areas, emptying buckets of water in the street, throwing anything out of a moving vehicle, leaving rubbish outside bins, burying animals’ bodies on private land without prior authorization, or abandoning vehicles. The highest fines, of between €1,501 and €3,000 will be for transporting without adequate protection materials which could scatter on the public highway, the abandonment or spilling of dangerous substances, or burying animals’ bodies in public spaces.

There will now be a month’s public exposition of the regulations before it is finally approved.

Update 11pm: There is some confusion over the La Laguna fines for “out of hours” bathing. Concejal de Servicios Municipales, Javier Abreu, said that the new bylaw concerning beaches and pools will not ban people from using them outside the hours of 10.30am to 8pm, but that these were the hours in which there was a lifeguard service. Sr Abreu said that anyone bathing at other times must do so at their own risk.

The councillor said he was responding to a “biased” interpretation of the new bylaw, in which Si Se Puede and Por Tenerife claimed that fines of up to €1.500 would be levied. One can’t help but wonder how such an interpretation could be arrived at, and with such a specific figure, if it was not actually in the Ayuntamiento’s plans. One can’t help but wonder, either, why a new bylaw was needed merely to state existing lifeguard hours …

Update 10pm: As I posted HERE on 27 February, Puerto de la Cruz intended to introduce new municipal regulations to outlaw plastic terrace furniture in restaurants, hotels and bars, and require the leisure sector across the board to provide furniture made from  aluminium, wrought iron, or wood; toldos and umbrellas were also to be matching in either natural colour or burgundy. The rules officially came into force last November, but the Ayuntamiento gave a period of grace for adaptation until February.

Businesses, which have not been too keen to undertake the expenditure, have been resisting, but have now been told that they have three months to make the changes after which fines will be issued. Businesses face being fined up to €3,000, and could also be refused permission to renew their licence.

Original post 16 April: Quite a few posts lately have beat around the bush of municipal measures that could result in fines, raising some much needed money for local Ayuntamientos. A couple of recent examples include Adeje’s measures on washing lines on street-facing balconies, and San Miguel’s speed control campaign. One in the press today, however, takes the biscuit … at least for the time being!

La Laguna Ayuntamiento has announced that they will issue fines for anyone caught using the municipality’s beaches, lidos and rock pools before 10.30 in the morning and after 8 in the evening. Now summer’s coming, and people often get to the beach around 10am, and many also leave after 8 because it’s still broad daylight. From now on, however, they will be at risk of a fine.

Some councillors, particularly from Por Tenerife (XTF) and Sí Se Puede (SSP) say they are going to oppose the measure, not least because the fines are “economically disproportionate”.  Why disproportionate? Because they will be up to €1,500. Just for getting to the beach early or perhaps dozing in the evening sun.

It seems, to these politicians, and to me at least, that this is a clear money-grabbing measure. It will be interesting to see how, and how often, this post is updated …

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