Over 2,000 square metres of Għadira Bay, Malta’s largest beach, is set to be returned to the public, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi has announced.
In a reference to his earlier claims against PN MP Jason Azzopardi, Mizzi said that the MTA worked hard to negotiate the massive concessions given to the bay’s operators before the 2013 election.
The new rules will see the first seven metres of the shoreline be made available to the public.
This means that people will be able to place their own sunbeds and chairs in the area.
“We wanted to give people a choice. If they want to rent a sunbed it’s fine, but if they want to come with their own things they can also enjoy the beach,” Mizzi said.
He was quick to thank the seven operators who gave up space, insisting they understood that the public also deserves to benefit from the bay.
A more well-defined policy on Maltese beaches will be introduced next year.
On the issue of enforcement, Mizzi told Lovin Malta that it was extremely difficult to do so under the previous concessions, but stressed that things will now change with the policy also set to have an effect.