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Parts of Nammos Club in Mykonos Closed Down by Greek Authorities

Mykonos Psarou Beach
Authorities on Mykonos have targeted parts of Nammos for closure and demolition. Credit: rene boulay / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Following a series of closures instigated by the authorities of the Greek island of Mykonos, a part of the renowned Nammos complex has now also been closed. There is currently a police presence in the sealed-off section.

The sealed-off section reportedly includes the “Concept” restaurant and a part of the beach served by the dining establishment. It is now expected that the demolition of two buildings identified as a problem by the environmental inspectors will proceed.

Not all of Nammos, which is a luxury hotspot on Mykonos, will be affected by the closure. Nammos also operates locations in Dubai, London, Riyadh, and Cannes.

Mykonos closures: renowned Nammos sectioned-off

On Thursday, a suspension request by Nammos was rejected by the Athens Court of Appeal. This means that two buildings identified as problematic by environmental inspectors will be demolished.

The demolition of the buildings, which are 520 sq.m. and 40 sq.m, respectively, will be carried out by the Decentralized Administration of the Aegean. It is expected that the demolition work will take place in the coming days, although an exact timeline is not yet known.

The licenses for the complex were previously withdrawn after a formal request was made by the Ministry of the Environment to the Municipality of Mykonos, the South Aegean Region, and the Ministries of Tourism and Interior.

However, it is believed that the Nammos Village area and the “old” restaurant will not be affected by the ongoing events.

Previous issues

In 2017, Greek authorities revoked the three-year license of the Nammos restaurant and beach bar for the use of a section of the well-known Psarou beach in Mykonos.

At the time, it was found that Nammos had violated the terms of its license. The venue is frequented by Greek and foreign celebrities throughout the summer.

The violations in 2017 occurred during an extravagant party Nammos organized in early September, where the rich and famous paid enormous sums of money to be entertained until the early hours of the morning.

The decision to revoke the license was taken jointly by the Port Authority and the Police Department of Mykonos, who ruled that structures erected on the beach were illegal.

In 2018, the popular location made it into the news for the wrong reason yet again. Greek tax authorities ordered the beach bar restaurant of Nammos to shut down for 48 hours on Friday due to tax evasion.

A host of famous models, including Emily Ratajkowski and Kate Moss, who were invited to the launch of a new Nammos business venture, were forced to change their plans.

At the time, tax inspectors found that the company had not issued 250 receipts worth 73,000 euros ($85,000) and ordered Nammos to remain shut until the issue was resolved.

Mykonos closures

Nammos is not the only business that has been targeted by authorities for closure. Other beach bars, restaurants, and businesses, some of which have been implicated in illegal construction on the island, have also been caught up in the government clampdown.

This month, the Quality of Life Committee of the Municipality of Mykonos ordered the closure of Principote, a popular beach bar. The reason given for the closure was illegal construction.

It remains to be seen whether the authorities on Mykonos can resolve the pervasive issue of illegal construction in a way which proves satisfactory for locals, tourists, and businesses.

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