Hundreds gather to protest Comino’s Blue Lagoon

Hundreds of activists and citizens gathered to protest the land grab at Comino’s Blue Lagoon early this morning.

While private sellers persist in imposing deckchairs and parasols occupying all the space the bay offers, activists and citizens are fed up.

After a very successful action last month, people have once again raised their voices against the monopolization of public lands and the coastline by private beach vendors.

More than 200 people attended the protest, holding up their banners and signs in a different setting than we normally see protests in.

Currently, sunbed vendors cover every square inch of shoreline with sunbeds and umbrellas from dawn onwards, making it virtually impossible to enjoy this beautiful spot unless you’re willing to pay €12.50 per nobody.

On other beaches around Malta, beach vendors usually have a parasol and deckchair available when a customer requests one.

“This summer we intend to highlight the many issues surrounding Comino, starting with the continued theft of public space at the Blue Lagoon – one of Malta’s most beautiful places and a Natura 2000 site – by private operators who treat the coastline as their own personal beach lido,” promised Moviment Graffitti at the start of the saga.

In 2021, a parliamentary petition was filed calling for the removal of deckchairs and umbrellas from the Blue Lagoon in Comino. However, this seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Shortly after the latest action, Environment Minister Miriam Dalli said there may soon be caps on the number of people who can visit Comino at any one time, confirming that a process to establish a capacity to charge for the island is being finalized.

However, this idea has not yet been revisited.

What did you think of today’s demonstration?

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