Banners appeared that denounced the situation. | @nofrillsexc (No Frills Excursions)

The mayor of Santa Margalida, Joan Monjo, has described complaints about overcrowding on the beach in Can Picafort and its apparent "privatisation" as a "media show". The situation has been denounced on social media, but "they haven't reported anything". He adds: "An inspection was carried out just a few days ago and all the requirements were met."

The row in Can Picafort erupted on Sunday. An employee of the company which has the concession for sunloungers and parasols wouldn't allow the space between the sunlounger sets to be used. One particular beachgoer posted a complaint about this on social media, and the situation snowballed from there. Placards were put up, one of them saying that "the beach is for everyone".

The mayor points out that Covid regulations don't allow the space between the sunlounger sets to be used. Nevertheless, the opposition Suma group at the town hall has expressed its concern about the overcrowding. A councillor, Xisco Bergas, says: "There have been complaints all summer about the reduction of space on the beach. Some days the waves reach the first row of sunloungers. The underlying problem that the town hall and the Costas Authority must face is the reduction of the beach. This leads to an increase in overcrowding."

Mayor Monjo has meanwhile said that Santa Margalida police are looking for "those responsible" for having put protest banners in the protected dunes area.