No vandalism, no injuries, no excesses: the mayor of the Frisian seaside resort of Lignano, Luca Fanotto, took a positive note of the Whitsun weekend, which attracted 100,000 tourists, including about 20,000 Austrians, to the small town on the Adriatic Sea. “Thanks to our preventive measures, we have been able to prevent excesses. There was a party atmosphere in the city, but it was celebrated in moderation,” Fanotto said.
Some of the youths were under medical treatment for drunkenness and a dozen penalties for administrative violations: the dreaded weekend of wild parties in the city center streets was generally peaceful.
“Music Ended at Midnight”
“At 07:00 the city was completely cleared, you won’t find any rubbish on the street. The locals cooperated with us and did not sell drinks in glass bottles and cans. The music stopped at midnight,” explains Fanotto, mayor of the resort for ten years.
70 security forces made sure the weekend went smoothly and there were also some police officers from Carinthia and South Tyrol who were able to communicate with the Austrian guests in German. “Everyone has contributed and luckily everything went well,” said the mayor.
Hoping for a long summer season
In the years before the corona pandemic, there were always excesses at Pentecost, in some cases young people were punished with a two-year city ban. “There have been no incidents this year. That is certainly also due to the fines of up to 5,000 euros that threaten if the rules are broken,” says Fanotto.
After the Whitsun weekend, the summer season in Lignano is now in full swing. The booking situation in the hotels makes the tourism industry optimistic. The Adriatic city hopes for a long summer season, which can last until October thanks to good weather.
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