Anger over Mo­raira's par­adise lost

'Gravel' sand and murky water in El Portet ag­gra­vates beach­go­ers

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Pugh

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.

Pris­tine bay last year

Murky wa­ters at El Portet this week

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