Ross­beigh a new Mecca for wa­ter sports?

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

MAKE the back beach in Ross­beigh a prime recre­ational area with wa­ter sports, a pier and a ma­rina says FF Cllr Michael Cahill.

The Ross­beigh based coun­cil­lor tabled the mo­tion at a re­cent meet­ing of the South and West Kerry Mu­nic­i­pal District call­ing on Kerry County Coun­cil to con­duct a fea­si­bil­ity study with a view to max­imis­ing the area which Cllr Cahill be­lieves has ‘huge po­ten­tial’ yet is un­der­de­vel­oped as a mar­itime in­vest­ment.

He said the very fact a breach wall al­ready ex­ists strength­ens his pro­posal as it cre­ates a nat­u­ral and safe in­let in which to build a ma­rina and for host­ing var­i­ous types of wa­ter sports.

“This is cur­rently an un­der re­sourced area and is gen­er­ally a safe beach area as there are few waves; it’s more like a lake and this makes it ideal for what I am propos­ing. It has a lot to of­fer and Glen­beigh and Mid Kerry needs this,” said Cllr Cahill.

He also asked KCC to ex­pe­dite the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to the OPW for the wider ‘Castle­maine Har­bour Coastal Ero­sion & Coastal Flood­ing Risk Man­age­ment Study’, cit­ing that the abun­dance of data avail­able through the Marine In­sti­tute in Cork – who have been sur­vey­ing the area for a num­ber of years – be used to ac­cel­er­ate the process.

In re­ply, coun­cil man­age­ment said that while Ross­beigh is in­cluded in a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to the OPW as part of the afore­men­tioned study area, un­til de­tails of this study are com­plete it is not in a po­si­tion to con­sider fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the area.

“If a ma­rina were in­cluded in Ross­beigh it would ac­tu­ally help pro­tect many of the low-ly­ing ar­eas. A pro­vi­sion of €200,000 has been made avail­able or 2018 for coastal ero­sion in the wider area and while I’m pleased with this, I am dis­ap­pointed my mo­tion can’t be moved while the re­sults of the study re­main un­fin­ished. I be­lieve the coun­cil would ac­tu­ally en­dorse my mo­tion but for this,” Cllr Cahill added.

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