Free pub­lic ac­cess to beaches – court

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HAM­BURG: The pub­lic should not be forced to pay to walk on Ger­many’s beaches or swim in the sea, a fed­eral court ruled, call­ing into ques­tion pri­vate beaches along the North and Baltic Sea coasts. The coastal town of Wanger­land, 170km west of Ham­burg, was sued by two res­i­dents of neigh­bour­ing towns who de­manded it pro­vide free ac­cess to its two North Sea beaches. Wanger­land’s tourist of­fice has largely fenced in the beaches, added fa­cil­i­ties, play­grounds and life­guards, and has been charg­ing vis­i­tors a €3 (R47) en­try fee dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son. “Claims to nearly the en­tire beach put ex­ces­sive lim­its on gen­eral lib­erty,” the court said in a state­ment. – AFP

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