Stage 2 of the Herzliya Tayelet / Walkway / Promenade, is underway. It’s important to note that unlike the Southern Tayelet near the Marina (which is great!), the Dabush and Zvulun beaches are not protected by breakwaters. As such, we have 3 main objections to the plan:
- It’s too wide! A 7-17m Tayelet on a 20-35m beach effectively halves the available beach space. In some places, only 4m of dry sand will remain between the concrete and the sea. (See The New Beach)
- Permanent environmental damage! Just like on other beaches in Israel, concrete construction on the beach sands will cause massive soil erosion, resulting in the disappearance of most of the remaining beach. (See the report)
- Barely legal! The Herzliya municipality effectively approved it’s own plans, neglecting to consult national planning committees and environmental experts, as required. No environmental survey has been done to assess damage to the beach.
We call for an immediate annulment of the current plan, and for the repair of damages caused. Any new plan must go through all the regular channels, be sensitive to the width of the beach, and be built in a way that will minimize it’s impact on the environment.