Spain cracks down on ocean urinating with $1200 fine. But how will they enforce it?

Spain cracks down on ocean urinating with $1200 fine. But how will they enforce it?

We’ve all been there. You’re happily swimming in the sea when suddenly you notice that the water around you has become unusually warm. ‘Is the sun extra strong in this spot’ you wonder, before realising and quickly paddling the other way.

Whilst a lot of us might have just accepted people urinating in the ocean as a fact of life, a council in Spain is saying enough is enough when it comes to ocean urinating. Locals and tourists alike are being warned against urinating in the sea in Marbella. The cost of breaking the rule is high – guilty urinators could face a fine of up to $1200.

The hefty fine was approved by the city council on 21 June in a bid to preserve the cleanliness of the beaches. It was previously around half of that amount.

The council has not shared how exactly they intend to impose the fine and decipher whether an individual is guilty of “physiological evacuation in the sea and on the beach”. It has been said, however, that the lifeguards will likely impose it.

The proposal will have to face public consultation before becoming law. However many locals are already ridiculing it. Spanish TV presenter Nacho Abad confessed to urinating in the sea and gave others advice on how to do it best, suggesting they pull their swimming trunks/suits down.

“I recommend doing it that way, otherwise your swimsuit smells terrible,” he said on the Spanish TV channel Cuatro.

The news comes at a time where Spain is increasingly experiencing a backlash against tourists. Back in April, 57,000 people took to the streets of the Canary Islands to protest changes to the models of mass tourism. Just this week Majorcan locals stopped tourists from reaching an Instagram-famous beach, telling them to “go, go”.

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