Greek Reality TV Show Fined for Driving Vehicles on Protected Beach

ΑΤΗΕΝS — A Greek production company was with a 3,000-euro ($3620.52) penalty for a reality TV episode showing heavy duty vehicles driving over protected dunes on a beach on the southern Peloponnesian island of Elafonisos, breaking environmental safeguards.

The fine was imposed by the Peloponnese Regional Authority following complaints from environmental protection groups over the show that aired on TV on Dec. 7, providing instant visual evidence.

Elafonisos is listed for protection under Natura 2000 and European Union laws that say driving on dunes and beaches “strictly forbidden in order to protect species from any disturbance and to preserve their breeding and resting grounds.”

The penalty was welcomed by environmental groups but they said it was far too low to be a deterrent against potential future abuse of protected lands, said Kathimerini, although the company is being investigated as well by a local prosecutor.


SolidarityNow, tasked with the mission to support the most vulnerable members of our society without discrimination and with faith in the value and power of solidarity, celebrated on Monday 23-January, it’s 10-year continuous contribution to the Greek society, according to organization's  press release.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.