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'Bikini ban' slated for Spanish island of Mallorca

By CNN Staff
May 2, 2014 -- Updated 0057 GMT (0857 HKT)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Proposed new law will ban the wearing of swimwear outside of bathing areas in Mallorcan capital Palma
  • Measure is part of wider campaign to crackdown on what is seen as anti-social behavior
  • There are concerns that fines could be slapped on unsuspecting visitors, but many welcome the ban

(CNN) -- If you've got it, don't flaunt it -- at least not on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca, where citizens are so sick of under dressed tourists that fines could soon be issued for inappropriate attire.

A proposed new law, reportedly close to being enacted, will ban the wearing of swimwear outside bathing areas in the island's capital, Palma.

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Officials say they're happy for visitors to let it all hang out on the beach, but when it comes to wandering around town, semi-nudity is a no-no.

"I do not know of any upscale resort town that allows this practice," Alvaro Gijon, deputy mayor of Palma, reportedly told a recent press conference.

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The proposed crackdown is part of a wider set of measures aimed at tackling what is seen as anti-social behavior on the island, a popular package destination for north Europeans.

No specific penalties have been detailed in Palma City Council's "Ordenanza Civica" -- also known as the "good citizen plan."

'Devoid of superior clothing'

However, the UK's Daily Mail newspaper expressed concerns that what some media outlets called a "bikini ban" could leave unsuspecting travelers facing fines in excess of $800.

Its readers seemed less concerned, with some commenting that they'd welcome a cover-up.

One of them, Calagran, commented: "I've lived on Mallorca for the past 11 years and it makes my skin crawl when I have to stand behind some fat sweaty individual in the supermarket who thinks it's OK to let it all hang out."

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Under a section titled "etiquette," the Ordenanza states that it'll be forbidden for anyone to be "naked or nude" in public places or "devoid of superior clothing."

Unlike an ill-fitting pair of Speedos, there is some room for maneuver, however.

The proposed prohibition doesn't apply to boardwalks or streets adjacent to the beach -- so there's no need to dress up when dashing for an ice cream.

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