Give us music leeway, say bars in Mojacar

NIGHT FEVER: A typical Saturday night on the streets of Mojacar.

THE chairwoman of the Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs in Mojacar (ACEM) wants clarification from the mayoress on noise restrictions.

The laws governing bars in Andalucía are explicit. If you don’t have a music licence you can’t play music.

ACEM’s Karin Schroter told EWN: ‘There are to my knowledge only four bars in Mojacar that have a licence to play music. Licences have always been a problem to obtain, but previously this had never been an issue, because the town hall always adopted a live-and-let-live policy’.

‘The botellón proved to be the catalyst and the Association is completely behind the mayor’s attempts to rid the town of the people who flock here every weekend causing mayhem.’What we are asking her is to not throw the baby out with the bathwater!’

The mayor has made her doctrine clear. If bars don’t have a licence, they can only play what she describes as a small transistor radio, a record player with a maximum of two speakers, or the television.

Ms.Schroter added: ‘Although the town has been granted the status of a tourist area we are not allowed to use the long opening hours that come with that concession. That has a knock-on effect in terms of employment and wages.’

She pointed out that: ‘If the bars close early their already inebriated clients will spill onto the streets creating, in effect, a botellón.

‘It would be far better to let the opening times of the bars and clubs overlap, so that the nuisance can be kept off the streets”.

Already local police officers have been diverted from their crime prevention duties in order to listen to music emanating from the many chiringuitos, restaurants and cafes that are the town’s lifeblood, measuring and writing down the sound levels.

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