Start of the action : 04/07/2012
Fight won by : Eric
A development project for the extension of the Mediterranean Port of the town Six-Fours-Les-Plages (Var Department) is threatening the beach of Bonnegrâce, also known as ‘Brutal Beach’. Brutal Beach is very popular with surfers and windsurfers. However, an official report from the 17th of January 2012 specified the details for the said marina development. The adopted solution is a so-called ‘multifunctional seawall’, including the construction of a breakwater and of additional infrastructure that would contribute to the artificialisation of this beach. It would affect the local hydrodynamics and the water quality due to siltation, which would impact on the incoming swell and increase turbidity.
Increased capacity at the Mediterranean Port may also lead to more grey and black water discharges by the moored vessels and hence cause problems with water quality and the health of bathers and board sports activists. The Keeper, Eric, who is also a member of the ‘Collective to Save Brutal Beach ‘ and the SFE West Var Chapter, is mobilising against this threat. The objective is to safeguard the landscape and the cultural and ecological heritage of the site. The first action carried out to proclaim opposition to the project was the launching of an online petition.
On the 14th of September 2012, the environmental authority of the Var Prefecture endorsed the port extension project. To counteract this decision, the Keeper met with several local and departmental associations, clubs, and board sports shop owners to unite them in their protest against the project in its current form. On the 20th of March 2013, SFE participated in the public inquiry, speaking out against the project as it is and suggesting alternatives. In our response to the public inquiry, we are expressing our opposition to the development project in its current state as we believe that an upgrade of the existing structures would suffice, in order to secure and enhance this part of the coast. As a first step, we suggest a restoration of the existing port infrastructures, without adding any extensions, to improve the leisure experience, before envisaging the additional development of an area dedicated to water sports activities.
However, on the 29th of May 2013, the investigating committee endorsed the development of the southern part of Bonnegrace Beach and the port extension.