AFTER 25 years of being managed by a private company, the small restaurants and bars on the beach in Alcudia, as well as the beach beds and umbrellas, could soon be run by the town council. Up until now the private company Texplaya has been managing these resources and now their licence is nearly up.
The Balearic Coastal Demarcation department have refused Texplaya's request to extend the licence, and said that Texplaya will no longer manage the small beach bars and restaurants when their licence expires next May, a government spokesperson said. The Coastal Demarcation department took into account a recent unfavourable report on Texplaya, when deciding the outcome of the licence extension.
The town council sent this report to a department meeting a few months ago, alleging that Texplaya was making the public pay to use some of the public facilities (such as showers). This now leaves the door open for the town council to apply directly to the Coastal Demarcation department for the management of the beach bars.
This will mean that they will not go to public tender.
The management of these bars and restaurants will provide an important economic benefit to the town council.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that the Coastal Demarcation department is also going to strip the priority rights from Texplaya, who used to have priority over other companies when bidding for the beach beds and umbrellas contract. It will now be down to the town council to decide if they wish to manage the beach beds and umbrellas or if they wish to offer it out to a public tender.

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