Anger over Moraira's paradise lost
'Gravel' sand and murky water in El Portet aggravates beachgoers
Angry Moraira residents are going to court against the authorities, whom they blame for the previously pristine-clear El Portet bay now being a murky shore.
A GROUP calling themselves SOS Moraira have taken their case regarding the state of El Portet bay to court.
Earlier this year, 8,000 tonnes of fine gravel from a quarry was deposited on the beach to replace the lost sand of the winter storms. But more often than not, the waters are no longer the crystal- clear turquoise they once were, but a cloudy haze.
The group has now decided to take action, and has filed a complaint in Dénia court for possible environmental crimes against the head of the provincial service of beaches, Rosa de los Ríos, mayor of Teulada Carlos Linares, and the councillor for environment and beaches, Nieves Rodríguez.
SOS lawyer Javier Gimeno explained that, without conducting a proper study of the environmental impact, the accused poured quarry sand onto the beach, which has consistently been drawn into the sea by the tide, affecting both the look of El Portet and marine life as it is ‘unnatural’ sand.
The turbidity of the water is also making it difficult for bathers.
Gimeno explained that residents are not against expanding the beach, but feel that the materials used to regenerate it have seriously affected the bay, and without immediate intervention to remove it, the bay will become an eyesore, not the beauty spot it once was.
Murky waters at El Portet this week