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Environment ministry wants to take a long look at a short deck in Eilat

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Seaside development work in Eilat, in a photo distributed by an Environmental Protection Ministry official on July 4, 2022. (Eli Warburg/Environmental Protection Ministry)
Seaside development work in Eilat, in a photo distributed by an Environmental Protection Ministry official on July 4, 2022. (Eli Warburg/Environmental Protection Ministry)

The Environmental Protection Ministry is calling on planning authorities and the Municipality of Eilat in southern Israel to hold an urgent discussion about a promenade being constructed along the Red Sea shoreline.

The work extends a paved deck with chairs and picnic tables to the very edge of the water line, cutting off beach access.

The ministry says that building so close to the shoreline could harm the environment and nearby corals.

It says permits for work taking place at a number of beaches in Eilat were not coordinated with it.

This is despite the fact that as early as 2020, the ministry’s Southern District approached the relevant bodies for applications for building permits as soon as possible, in order to examine the issue of works close to the water line and protect natural values.

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