Albufeira mayor José Carlos Rolo is well aware of the excessively rowdy behaviour that has become the norm in recent years, particularly in the Oura bar strip, and says that the local council is working on a “code of conduct” to try to bring an end to these issues (click here).
The measure is still being studied in an attempt to establish whether the council would be able to fine people who violated the rules of the code of conduct.
“This is an important aspect of the measure’s success. The safety of a tourism destination is what tourists look for the most,” he told Barlavento newspaper.
The mayor also assures that CCTV cameras will be installed in Albufeira, although he says the process “takes a long time”.
Meantime, he believes tour operators should avoid catering to this type of tourism and that restaurants and bars should discourage inappropriate behaviour and not become ‘blinded’ by money.
The mayor also calls for more police to patrol the area between April and November and says he has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Internal Administration “with pictures” to exemplify some of the troublesome situations that happen daily in the town.
“If there was a stronger police presence in these areas, I am sure things would change,” said José Carlos Rolo.
The mayor also revealed that there is a plan to renovate the whole Avenida Sá Carneiro, from Praia da Oura to Hotel Júpiter, which has not been “upgraded in 30 years”.
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