Contaminated waters off Gordon Beach and Charles Clore Beach in Tel Aviv are stinking up plans to get the summer fun started. Leaked sewage has forced the municipality to shut down the beaches, and signs have been posted discouraging bathers from entering the polluted water.
Considered one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Israel, Gordon Beach recently received a major thumbs up from the Environmental Protection Ministry’s Blue-Green Flag campaign. An initiative launched to monitor beaches throughout Israel, the campaign awards a 0 to 3 ranking for beaches according to their cleanliness, accessibility, and popular appeal.
Gordon Beach received a 3, while Charles Clore Beach received a 2. Both beaches are likely to score much lower when officials next inspect the beaches. These visits occur every two weeks.
A similar incident in 2009 caused Tel Aviv beaches to shut down for a month. In separate incidents, two “conservative” beaches have also been closed as a result of storm damage.
The city explained to the Jerusalem Post that the Nordau and Aviv beaches popular among Israel’s Orthodox Jews sustained major damage following a violent December storm last year. Renovations began in April and are expected to be complete some time in July.
The municipality will announce when holiday makers and sun-loving locals can return to a blue (not brown) Mediterranean Sea.
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