Palma.—With Palma City Council still trying to balance the books, the council yesterday approved new rates for the beach concessions and that from now on, beach goers will have to pay for both the sun bed and the sunshades - the latter of which have been previously included in the price of hiring sun beds.

Yet another case of making easy money by targeting the tourist industry and tourists but the questions remains, will it work or will holiday makers be put off by the price and sun themselves on the sand for free?

And, it is not just the fact that the city council is going to charge for sun shades, the cost of the sun beds is going to go up by 20 percent this year.

According to council sources, on Palma's four beaches, Ciudad Jardin, Cala Major, Cala Estancia and the Playa de Palma, hiring a sunshade will this year cost five euros per day plus the cost of the sun beds.

The council is now currently accepting bids for the concessions which range from 412'955 euros for the Playa de Palma to 4'547 for Cala Estancia.
City folk
However, sadly for city folk, the sun beds and sun shades are not going to be returned to C'an Antoni beach in front of the GESA building.
Up until a few years ago, the beach, which has a Blue Flag, was extremely popular with city residents because it offered sun beds and sun shades, but they have since been removed and will not be replaced this year.

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