The Municipality of the small island of Gavdos is at odds with nudists in Sarakiniko beach. Their “fight” is daily as the mayor sets up signs warning that “Nudism is prohibited” and these signs are being removed by those who love to enjoy the sun and the sea on their naked skin.
Media report of a “daily phenomenon” since the beginning of summer when the signs against nudism were installed.
In the latest announcement by the mayor, Lilian Stefanaki, entitled “Nudism and the law of the powerful” it is noted that “the Municipality of Gavdos implements the decision of the Municipal Council and the request of the local community for the existence of one of at least ten beaches on the island where each citizen, local or visitor, will be able to enjoy it equally.”.
According to local media cretalive.gr, the Municipality announced that on August 15, “three people, two women and one man, well-known vacationers on the island, were spotted by Municipality people while they were destroying the signs that had been placed, regarding the prohibition of nudity on the beach of Sarakinikos, and proceeded against the law actions.”
ΜIn winter, 80-100 people live in Gavdos, with less than 50 locals. In the summer, several thousand visitors come to the island, with a large number of them feeling that by coming and returning to the unique paradise that is the island, they gain more rights and opinion on local matters than the “reclusive” locals. They know our good, the good of the island and they will protect us.
Recently, there has been a great disturbance between the local community and holidaymakers over the issue of nudism on this particular beach, where there are permanent residences and holiday homes as well as most of the island’s shops.
For the systematic destruction of the specific signs, the Municipality of Gavdos has previously filed complaints for damage to public property.
The signs were immediately restored to inform all visitors.
It should be recalled that nudists at Sarakiniko have been there since ages, at least since the early 1990’s.