Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Money vs. Natural Environment


These 54 hectare woods next to Carcavelos Beach are the last green lung in the area and will soon disappear to give place to 906 housing units, a hotel and a commercial zone. 
There has been vigorous opposition specifically directed towards the president of the parish council, who approved the project when she had previously slammed it (she's a member of the party currently in power...).
According to SOS–Save Our Surf, an association of surfers that collectively operate around 30 surfing schools on Carcavelos Beach, the entire building project is sited too near the beach and will impact on wave quality by obstructing offshore wind flow.

15 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

It would be a shame to lose your patch of naturalness as from your photographs your area seems highly populated.

The surf wind flow argument is a novel one.

Tanya Breese said...

that is sad :(

Sharon Anck said...

Money wins out again. I am so tired of leaders who profit off of their office.

orvokki said...

I don't understand anybody who want to destroy nature to last tree (or at all), with the sole motive for the additional money. Sounds awful that building too close to the sea. Hopefully, the sky is falling on their neck.

Sami said...

Sadly economic interests will always come first.I'm sorry to hear that the Council President changed her mind to suit her husband's interests instead of preserving a green area of benefit to the population!

VP said...

One of the problems is that they will be always able to find some buyers for this outrageous building!

Sylvia K said...

Bit by bit these "business" people are destroying what's left of the natural world!! Just how many more "stores", shopping areas do we need??? It is sad and is it is happening everywhere these days!!

RedPat said...

Shame on them!

Halcyon said...

That is really sad. :(
Such a beautiful spot.

Photo Cache said...

what a shame. it's not the surfers who's going to suffer, there are habitats of animals and insects in that forested area that will suffer greatly.

William Kendall said...

That kind of decision infuriates me. Completely short sighted.

Randy said...

That's sad.

Stickup Artist said...

Put bluntly, that sucks. It's the same here. One must go to northern California, and the Oregon Coast to get really unobstructed beaches and wild coasts. And then, you are too far away from jobs. Why is it so difficult for humans to strike a balance. It's either all or nothing it seems.

bailey-road.com said...

What a shame to lose that beautiful woods.

Dina said...

It's a real shame.