Illegal campers were given a deadline until Monday to pack up and leave an Akamas beach after complaints by the local authority that people are camping right up to the waterfront and hoarding the area for themselves.
Officials of the district office will be at the beach on Monday with instructions to seize all camping material still on the beach situated near the Baths of Aphrodite, the community leader of Neo Horio, Andreas Christodoulou, told the Cyprus Mail on Wednesday.
The outspoken community leader, under whose watch the beach falls, explained that some campers take over the 100-metre area with their tents for long periods of time, even when they are not actually staying there. Others reserve space on the beach for their friends. As a result, visitors who go there just for the day are inconvenienced, he said.
“They pitch their tents right where the waves break, and leave them there even when they are not in the area and come back a few days later or whenever they please,” Christodoulou said.
He added that some also barbecue daily and then bury the coal in the sand. The local community leaders also cited issues of hygiene as there are no toilets because it is not an organised, public beach.
“The beach does not belong to anyone, not the president or the local community. It belongs to everyone,” he said.
He added that he has asked permission to make the beach a proper public beach with facilities for bathers and lifeguards to tackle illegal camping in the area.
But it is not the only illegal camping site in that area, he said, referring to caravans illegally parked nearby. One person is even making a business out of it by renting some of his caravans to visitors, he said.