Polish sea resort giving sand away for free
This picture made available to The Associated Press by the Leba Baltic Sea resort authorities shows an aerial view is seen of the Baltic Sea beaches and the waterway into the yacht port in Leba, Poland. Leba is giving the beach sand away for free to everyone from toddlers to construction companies because it is being blown by wind from nearby moving dunes and into the canal, incurring great costs of dredging. (AP Photo/Radoslaw Czyzewski) POLAND OUT
WARSAW, Poland - Too busy for a vacation, but long for a beach? Try Poland, where you can take home as much Baltic Sea sand as you want for free.
Authorities say the pure, light sand in the town of Leba in the country's north is up for grabs to everyone — from toddlers to construction companies — after moving dunes in the Slowinski National Park started to clog up the beach and local waterways.
Leba tourism official Pawel Dabrowski said Thursday that the sand is getting into a canal leading into the town's picturesque port, and constantly needs to be dredged out at high cost.
He says the sand is for free, except for a 82 zloty ($24; €19) administrative fee for trucks.
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