.- The Croatian city of Vrbnik on the island of Krk has decided to do something about the bikini-clad tourists that have become a common sight in the cityâs historic section. City officials have made Vrbnik the first city in the Adriatic region to establish a âchaste zone.â
The new ordinance means that in the cityâs historic district, signs will be posted requesting that tourists cover up and leave the bikinis and swimsuits for the beach, as such attire is âinappropriate for an area that is full of sacred places.â
Vrbnik, where Cardinal Josip Bozanic of Zagreb was born, has been a traditionally Catholic stronghold in the region.
The decision by city officials was made after a recommendation by the Diocese of Krkâs vicar general, Msgr. Ivan Kordic, who said there was a need to set up âchaste zonesâ throughout the Adriatic region of Croatia, which is a popular summer tourist destination. Msgr. Kordicâs recommendation sparked intense debates among those in favor and those opposed to the idea.
One city official told the Croatian daily Jutarnji list that the ordinance was ânot a question of prohibitions, but rather a call for the courtesy, decorum and elegance that are appropriate for an historic city district where many sacred buildings are located.â