Police checkpoint plan at Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach resort irks hoteliers

Sparks are flying between hoteliers and police in Bulgaria’s mass-tourism Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea coast because of an Interior Ministry plan to put up checkpoints in the resort.

The ministry plans to put checkpoints at every entrance and exit in Sunny Beach, with round-the-clock policing.

Police will monitor who goes in and out of the resort and will check cars and goods. There will be stricter monitoring of “alcohol tours”.

Organisers of such tours will have to provide in advance lists of participants, and the Interior Ministry will check if those on the tour include minors.

Bulgarian authorities have been stepping up security at summer resorts on the country’s Black Sea coast, especially after a shootout at a Sunny Beach beach bar earlier in June that left one person dead and others injured.

Bulgaria’s Darik Radio reported Blagoy Ragin, chairman of the board of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, as saying that Sunny Beach hotel owners did not agree with the idea of the police checkpoints throughout the resort.

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