Moves to impose fees on beach-goers pondered

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 12: Municipal Council members have different views on whether the idea of imposing symbolic fees on citizens and residents to enter public beaches is feasible or not. Some of the council members are against restricting visitors to the beaches, while others called for specifying beaches and then impose fees for services and facilities provided therein as it is currently practiced in other developed countries.

They also voiced objection to the practice of several chalet owners who closed the paths leading to the seashore; explaining that it is not permissible for them to do this as per the law because the beaches are properties of the State, not individuals.

Council member Dr Hassan Kamal rejected the idea of imposing any fees for visiting public beaches, especially since there are private beaches that are not properly utilized and their existing conditions are not good , reports Al-Rai daily. He pointed out it means there was previous experience in this aspect, while warning about administrative chaos if fees are imposed and there will be no further development in the beaches.

He also stressed that it is not permissible to close any passage leading to the sea, asserting: “You bought a house and a chalet, you did not buy the beach. The claim that allowing citizens and residents to enter beaches is an invasion of your privacy is incorrect; especially since the owners of houses and chalets were fully aware that beaches are public properties prior to the purchase, so why did they push through with the purchase?”

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