Police on the Aegean island of Rhodes on Monday arrested the owners of two beachfront restaurants as part of an ongoing crackdown on rampant zoning and environmental violations across the Greek islands.
Two owners, aged 49 and 72, who both own restaurants on Ialyssos Beach, a popular tourist spot just a few kilometers west of Rhodes town, were arrested for building wooden decks and pergolas on the beach without a proper license.
The crackdown on restaurateurs in Rhodes came just a few weeks after a similar operation on Mykonoswhere 5 people were arrested. The arrests reportedly followed a complaint by a resident of the Ornos district that construction was being carried out in front of another hotel without a permit.
Referring to the information of the Greek police, the website newsit.gr reports that a 23-year-old Pakistani man and 4 young Albanian workers were detained in the area, who were working on the orders of a 60-year-old US citizen wanted by the police. According to preliminary information, the latter is also wanted for violation of the Immigration and Integration Code, as he does not have the necessary documents for a legal stay in Greece, so he probably ordered illegal work and was absent from the scene. It is noted that one of the arrested Albanians did not have the necessary documents for a legal stay in Greece. Their illegal operations took place in front of another hotel and “changed the topography of Mykonos”.
Formerly the authorities reportedarrested a 71-year-old businessman for illegal construction his hotel near Loulos Beach, on the southeast coast of the island.