Breaches of regulations, she explains, "are constant". Among others, these relate to illegal street selling, large "botellón" drinking parties on the front line, and the sale of alcohol in unauthorised establishments or outside the permitted hours.
The town hall and police have been sent evidence of, for example, illegal masseuses on the beach and drinks' promotions - happy hours and two for one. Yet these promotions are meant to be "strictly prohibited". Campomar adds that the situation is "out of control". There are cases of cocktails being provided by home delivery businesses so that holidaymakers can take these to the beach and of sellers making cocktails in hotel gardens and selling them on the streets. There is also an airport transfer service which offers alcoholic drinks to people arriving at the airport. "When they get to hotel receptions, they have cans of beer with them."
Campomar says there is evidence of all manner of breaches and that the association is not ruling out taking legal action, such as with the transfer service. "We are not even halfway through July and it's worse than ever. There is a lack of vigilance and commitment to enforce the regulations."
"It doesn't make sense" that hoteliers have made great efforts in recent years to modernise their facilities only for this to be "of no use because there is no one to force compliance with the ordinance". She is critical of the National Police station and the local police office "closing at night", adding that the association has asked on several occasions "how many police units there are for surveillance". "But no one tells us."
The hoteliers are demanding an increase in police numbers and poster campaigns warning of sanctions.
* Part of Playa de Palma as well as Arenal in Llucmajor are, like an area of Magalluf, subject to the Balearic government's tourism of excesses decree. In addition, Playa de Palma is a town hall "special area" for police intervention.
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You know, I've been on playa de Palma at least a dozen times in the past month. And my observations atevyjis: Between arenal and megapark (~balneario 6) it's a bit seedy, especially around Schinkenstrasse, but from balneario 6 all the way to can pastilla, it's quite normal, obviously calm, apparently a mix of middle class nationalities. crowded, but not terribly so. Now, like magaluf, lots of investment has gone into upgrading the area. At least 4 new hotels, 4 and 5 star.. But that one area around megapark seems to continue to be rather downmarket. But the seedy parts are limited to about 300m of beachfront. That's a tiny part of playa de Palma
Never going to change, money comes first.