The authorities’ apparent indifference has over recent years seen illegal restaurants and cafes popping up in the Lara-Toxeftras areas of Akamas, noted as locations where protected Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
Inia Community Council has even applied to create beach services including the provision of sunbeds, umbrellas and other facilities at Lara Beach, one of the sites most used by nesting turtles.
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Currently, the beach is only used by isolated swimmers using umbrellas of their own although, this too is illegal due to the disruption caused to the turtles and their nests.
The site is also within the Natura 2000 protected area.
A Phileleftheros investigation, meanwhile, uncovered at least five restaurants and cafes within Akamas that have been serving customers illegally. Some even rent out sunbeds and umbrellas at neighbouring beaches, all within Natura 2000 protected areas.