The Solicitor for the Minister of Gozo is the operator of the Blue Lagoon deckchair

Relations between Comino’s Blue Lagoon sunbed and parasol operators and Malta’s political elite continue to grow following revelations that one of them served as a canvasser during the minister’s election campaign by Gozo Clint Camilleri.

The Shift News has confirmed that Mark Cutajar, who is also linked to MEP Josianne Cutajar, worked on Camilleri’s campaign.

Cutajar is one of two operators that have a duopoly on operations. The other is Daniel Refal, who is related to Gozitan construction tycoon Joe Portelli.

The Gozo Ministry had declined to comment on the Blue Lagoon takeover when contacted by Lovin Malta following Moviment Graffitti’s action in the bay.

Meanwhile, it has since been revealed that Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo’s family also run daily ferry trips to Comino. However, his spokesperson insists there is no conflict of interest.

The Comino shoreline takeover has sparked national interest again lately after activists from Moviment Graffitti descended on the bay and began removing deckchairs and umbrellas parked throughout the bay.

Activists have issued a series of demands, including limits on the number of people and large boats in Comino, and the enforcement of deckchairs and umbrellas in the area.

So far operators have been told to move, but it remains to be seen how long the rules will be enforced, with the problem recurring every few years.

Bartolo said it was a coincidence that activists traveled to Comino on the same day that MTA officials were due to leave and fix the lingering problem.

Should there be a limit on the number of people entering Comino?

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