The Beach Control Authority was established under the Beach Control Act “to control the use of the foreshore so as to advance on a fair basis the interests of developing commercial enterprises and in particular the hotel industry, the interest of the public who have a right to have places for recreation, to have the means of access to the sea for their own amusement and for the interests of the fishermen which must be protected and developed”
The functions of the Authority were:
The granting of Licences for the use of the foreshore and/or the floor of the sea for commercial or private purposes.
Ascertaining the needs of the public in relation to the beaches and making provisions for them.
Acquiring beach lands for the use and benefit of the public.
Maintaining and developing beaches for the benefit of the public.
The protection of existing beaches and where possible, the establishment of new ones.