ALL NEWS

A tourist who took sand from a beach in Italy fined more than $1,000

Sep 7, 2020, 9:39 AM
italy tourist...
PORTO CERVO, ITALY - MAY 30: Detail of umbrellas at an empty beach in Sardinia due to the restriction on Covid-19 on May 30, 2020 in Porto Cervo, Italy. Sardinia is still closed to tourists as imposed by Governor Solinas. Many Italian businesses have been allowed to reopen, after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Emanuele Perrone/Getty Images)
(Photo by Emanuele Perrone/Getty Images)

(CNN) — A French tourist visiting Italy has been ordered to pay a €1,000 ($1,200) fine after attempting to fly out of Sardinia with more than four pounds of local sand in his luggage.

The Italian island’s idyllic white sand is protected, and tourists face fines and even jail time for removing it from local beaches.

The unnamed man was apprehended at Cagliari Elmas Airport on September 1 after he was found in possession of a bottle containing 4.4 pounds of sand.

A spokesman for the island’s Forest Rangers told CNN: “The bottle was confiscated and is in now in our operating room where we hold these confiscated items. At the end of the year we usually have many bottles of sand accumulated.”

In 2017, a regional law was introduced that made it illegal to take sand from Sardinia’s beaches.

Fines range between €500 and €3,000 ($600-$3,550), depending on the quantity taken and where it was removed from, according to the spokesman.

The regulations were introduced, he said, because the incidents were becoming more frequent and increasingly problematic.

Beaches with “incredible” colored, pink or very white sand are especially targeted, the spokesman added.

“Last year we found a website that was selling our sand as souvenirs. It’s become a very known phenomenon here in Europe,” he said.

Controls have become “much more rigorous” over the past three years, he said, adding: “The sanctions are much more serious — we work with the police and they alert us.”

Members of the public also contact the authorities if they see tourists plundering the sand.

Last year, police seized 88 pounds of sand from a French couple visiting the island. And a British resident was fined more than $1,000 in 2018, when authorities discovered sand taken from a beach near the northern city of Olbia.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

arches reservfation...
Mark Jones

Body discovered at Arches National Park is identified

Ekaterinà Yaroslavna Ksenjek, 33, of Arlington, Virginia, has been identified as the deceased person found last weekend at Arches National Park.
1 day ago
Bishop L. Todd Budge, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of ...
Mark Jones

Church leader speaks of caring for the earth at Why It Matters conference

Bishop L. Todd Budge, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks on caring for the earth Wednesday at the Why it Matters conference in Orem.
1 day ago
Two Murray police cruisers are shown...
Mark Jones

Explosion inside motorhome being investigated

One person was taken to the hospital with minor burns after an explosion inside a motorhome Wednesday evening in Murray.
1 day ago
Photo of Roy Police cruiser...
Mark Jones

Breaking: 5-year-old child in critical condition after being hit by truck

A 5-year-old child was transported in critical condition to Primary Children's Hospital Wednesday evening after being hit by a truck, according to police in Roy.
1 day ago
Doctoral student Suzi Creveling talks about her work on the Utah Bionic Leg in the new University o...
Mark Jones

University of Utah researchers unveil Utah Bionic Leg

The Utah Bionic Leg, unveiled Wednesday, was developed by researchers at the University of Utah,
1 day ago
Rounds missing Box Elder County...
Mark Jones

Deputies say evidence pointing to homicide likely in case of Dylan Rounds

Deputies with the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office say evidence in the case of missing 19-year-old Dylan Rounds supports that a homicide likely took place.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
A tourist who took sand from a beach in Italy fined more than $1,000