The San José Town Hall has told 16 beach bars and clubs that they are no longer allowed to have DJs or music. The ruling includes Blue Marlin, the beach club that is home to many high profile parties on the island including Paradise and Circoloco’s annual closing parties as well as the upcoming ENTER.Sake party.
An amendment to a Balearic tourist law two weeks ago gave greater control to local councils to police venues with music. The council has wasted little time since, first off announcing that beach clubs in the area would have to reduce noise levels from 85db to 65db by the start of next season or face fines. Now they are arguing that although beach clubs have permission from the Island’s central government, they do not have the permission of the local San José council which has now been afforded the power to decide which venues are allowed to play music.
According to local news blog, theIbizan.com, locals are complaining about being excluded from areas of beaches where clubs have cordoned off large sections for VIP clients and heavy handed treatment by club security staff.
The San José district includes Playa D’en Bossa where many venues are based. The local council have issued seven notices to venues in Playa d’en Bossa, two in Cala Jondal, one in Cala Moli, one in Vadella, four in Cala Bassa, and one in Cala Tarida. Not all venues have been sent warning letters however. Salinas beach clubs such as Sa Trinxa and Jockey Club have been unaffected.
Is this the end for beach clubs in the area? Or time for another traditional Ibiza merry dance as local councillors and club owners duke it out with threats and backhanders behind closed doors? Many sources on the island are pointing to the latter.