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Whatever happened to the Dubrovnik “bikini law” – public money wasted on law that lasted two months

By  Aug 06, 2017

It was one of the most discussed and reported new laws of last year, but it seems that it has been forgotten after only a few months. Almost a year to the day, on the 24th of August 2016, the then Deputy mayor of Dubrovnik Zeljko Raguz, unveiled a new regulation for the Old City of Dubrovnik, a dress-code law. Signs were placed at all the entrances to the city informing visitors on how they were supposed to be attired, in reality it was a “bikini law.” At the time The Dubrovnik Times reported that “If you are now caught “wearing swimwear or inappropriately uncovered” on the public streets of the city you will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Kunas, or around 134 Euros. This so called “bikini ban” will mean all visitors to the city centre will have to cover up or pay up.”

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Zeljko Raguz proudly opens the bikini law - a law that lasted for two months  

However less than a year later it would seem that this regulation was a complete waste of public money as it is simply not being enforced. When introduced a team of 15 security guards were hired to make sure that guests followed the rules, these security guards are now absent.

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Against regulations but nobody enforcing the law 

Just today in the Old City of Dubrovnik tens of tourist were spotted either bare-chested or in a bikini, basically not following the rules that were laid out last year. The new law, which seems to have been forgotten, also banned riding bikes through the city streets, throwing cigarette butts and walking dogs without a leash. Once again these are rules that are being ignored.

At the time these laws were introduced the city spent hours debating and bringing the new law in. Signs were made, and then remade as the English translation was wrong, security guards were hired, press conferences were held and yet after all this effort, time and money was spent the regulation lasted a grand total of two months, August and September last year. Was this public money spent well?

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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