Italy: Tuscan beach custodians braced for Facebook rave
Custodians of a Tuscan beach are demanding that police roadblocks are set up around the dunes this weekend as they await the arrival of 4,000 partygoers for a rave publicised on the internet, part of a spate of impromptu events that have ravaged Italy’s coastline this summer.
Beachclub owners at the protected Calambrone beach, which flanks the Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli natural reserve between Pisa and Livorno, say they are still repairing the damage from the last rave, on 15 August, when 2,000 people arrived unannounced.
“The next morning when I arrived there were people staggering around and you couldn’t see the sand for the bottles and rubbish, which filled 300 sacks,” said beachclub owner Diva Giannelli.
Umbrellas and sunbeds at a neighbouring beachclub were also destroyed and pedalos sunk at sea, while syringes and excrement were found in the sand and wooden boardwalks were ripped up for fires, according to wardens at the neighbouring natural reserve, who have offered to patrol the dunes this weekend. (via The Guardian)