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Environment Ministry, green organizations object to plans for up to 6 new marinas

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The Environmental Protection Ministry, Israel Nature and Parks Authority and green organizations told a conference Tuesday that they would oppose plans to build up to six new marinas along Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

“Israel’s maritime space and beaches are a limited resource used by the general public,” the ministry said in a statement released Monday ahead of the meeting.

“We must not expropriate it for the needs of a minority of yacht owners, and promote programs that gnaw away at valuable coastal areas in favor of building marinas. The environmental, social and economic cost is too high,” it said.

At present, pleasure boats can moor at eight Mediterranean sites, from Acre in the north to Ashkelon in the south.

On the basis of figures indicating that mooring places will run out within three years, the Israel Ports Authority within the Transportation Ministry has proposed expanding existing marinas and building up to six more.

The sites being looked at include Nahariya and Bat Galim in the north and Hadera and Netanya in the center of the country.

Efforts to stop the plan may receive a boost from Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, a social activist, who has signaled opposition to........

© The Times of Israel

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