Knokke – Belgium may be the first real island, but instead of pride to his state half the country already on his back legs.
A plan to 1200 meters off of the coast of Knokke sand to spray and lovely beaches, delivers furious reactions.
The Flemish minister Ben Weyts (N-VA) established two years back for a forty-acre island to empty. That is mainly to the east coast to protect against storms and floods. But it is also a chance the concrete wall that the Belgian beaches disfigures, and even interrupt with something else.
The minister will, from 2020 onwards, start with a small island, and then the big tree to tackle.
But Knokke-Heist is furious about it, according to them, megalomaniac plan. Mayor Leopold Lippens is at the forefront in the protest.
“We are not often evil. I would not know what I need to rewind it. But now I’m darn infuriating. They go here all destroy”, quotes The Newspaper of the opposition from the town.
Mayor Leopold Lippens personal around with protestpamfletten with the text “No to island off the coast of Knokke-Heist.” On the picture drives a tanker over and are rusted oil drums on the beach. Lippens has a total of seven thousand. In the chicest boutiques and fine jewelry stores are petitions: Knokke-Heist is on the warpath.
The coastal town of fears a wall of sand against the advancing sea. And that cost is, of course, customers on the regular beach.
“And meanwhile, lowers the value of our houses and apartments”, says Suzanne Souren (91) against the newspaper.
The Dutch Jacqueline Teunissen (56) thinks there meanwhile the hare. She has a holiday home in Sluis but for years, every single day to the strandbarretjes on Knokke plage. “For the ambiance. Oh well, lot’s to look at the tourists here, yet not to the sea. We look at this,” she says, while searching for her Aperol Spritz. “From me they should feel free to reflect on that island.”
Gallery Owner Marc Pauwels. “This island is the great flood yet unable to stop it? Then the Netherlands could just should do the same? If there really is tension, then the whole of Flanders just. Proefeilandje or not.”
The residents think of a real protest march in the direction of Brussels.
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