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New Mobile App Lets Greece Beachgoers Report Access Violations

ATHENS – Beachgoers in Greece will now have access to a new mobile app to report whether public beaches are being exploited by businesses. These businesses are permitted by the government to occupy half the area for profit, a practice deemed unconstitutional since Greeks are entitled to access all beaches. Despite this, prime spots are often leased to luxury resorts, which have largely evaded scrutiny.

In some islands, a movement emerged in the summer of 2023 to reclaim beaches, but it met with limited success. Meanwhile, the New Democracy government is attempting to both crackdown on violators and attract more luxury seaside resorts.

Dubbed “MyCoast,” the app, launched by the Ministry of Digital Governance, enables users to lodge complaints when businesses exceed their allocated space for umbrella or sunbed rentals or encroach upon public areas. Through geolocation features, users can pinpoint the exact location of a suspected violation. The app also provides details such as designated locations, lease duration, and permitted coverage areas outlined in licensing agreements.

Complainants have the option to submit reports either under their name, using their Taxisnet username and password, or anonymously. However, the measures implemented in 2023 to penalize violators were not widely enforced.

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