MOSSEL BAY NEWS - If you are visiting Diaz Beach, you may be pleasantly surprised to see a large number of parking bays on the sea side of the Diaz Hotel have been paved.
These parking bays have always belonged to the Diaz Hotel and Resort.
When the Mossel Bay Advertiser visited, the parking bays were closed off with large drums, however, these have been removed and anyone may park in this newly paved area.
Diaz Hotel and Resort owner Tossie Steyn told the Advertiser: "Anyone may drive in and use these parking bays, night or day, but when the establishments, such as Pirate's pub or the hotel restaurant close at night, a gate to these parking bays will be locked.
"We are putting up a fence and a gate."
Steyn explained that at night criminals had been stealing electrical cables under the pubs and eateries which were part of the Diaz Hotel and Resort. Also, vagrants had been sleeping under the wooden decks, so it had been decided a gate which could be locked at night, after patrons had left, was necessary.
Steyn said he had decided to pave the area because paving lasted longer and was more hard wearing than tar.
He said the fence and gate should not indicate any exclusivity. The area was still accessible by the public and was not only for guests using hotel accommodation.
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