Malta government continues to hide Blue Lagoon Beach vendors’ deal

The Government of Malta continues to refuse to provide the agreements signed with concessionaires with operators of deckchairs and parasols at Comino’s Blue Lagoon.

The Malta Tourism Authority has rejected countless freedom of information requests and complaints, citing commercial confidentiality and operator privacy.

However, freedom of information requests of this nature have been granted before, with the FOI system now the notorious opposite of what it was originally intended to do.

The identities of the operators have already been revealed in reports like Daniel Refalo, who is a close associate of Joseph Portelli, and Mark Cutajar, the brother of Labor MP Josianne Cutajar.

Lovin Malta sent the request shortly after campaigners from Graffiti Movement descended on the overcrowded and oversaturated but iconic bay in June, sparking a major debate about the practices there.

As it stands, sunbed vendors cover every square inch of shoreline with sunbeds and umbrellas from dawn, making it virtually impossible to enjoy the site unless you’re willing to pay €12.50 per nobody.

The government, for its part, has made virtually minute compromises, refusing to rock the boat of business owners who have claimed the area.

Lovin Malta will challenge the decision.

What do you think of the government’s lack of transparency?

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