Part 1 – Disappearance of the First Half of the Beach
Despite the claims of the Municipality and the Municipal Development Company that we have a giant beach, the truth (see So how wide is the beach Anyways? and The Development Company’s Illustrations) is that we have a very narrow beach, almost half of which the new promenade is going to replace (and much more than half in some places). See for yourselves:
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But that’s only half the story…
Part 2 – Disappearance of the Remaining Half of the Beach
As we’ve already seen at countless other beaches in Israel, concrete construction on the sand causes massive sand erosion, especially after storms. So, even after the space we’ll lose to the tayelet itself, the remaining beach is likely to disappear.
Don’t trust on this? No problem. See what an expert with 40 years of experience in this field has to say on the subject. Read the Professional Opinion from Dr Yaakov Nir.
See how the exact same thing has happened at other beaches around Israel:
Dado Beach in Haifa
This beach wasn’t built on the water line, there used to be a very wide beach here. What happened is that after the beach was built, a winter storm struck the promenade’s concrete, and sweapt away the sand. With each storm, less and less sand remained, until only a small patch was left between the walkway and the water. Take note that the part facing is the see are “graduated stairs”, what the municipality is currently claiming will prevent this from happening in Zvulun. (They say since the promenade is graduated, it will uniformly disperse the waves energy and as such, not result in powerful waves being repelled back and taking the sand with them… although as we can see, this didn’t work). Are there storms at Zvulun? Take a look at the Old Beach
In an article
(Hebrew) in Yediot Haifa
, Professor Micha Klein emphasizes that even though storms and waves act cyclically without causing damage, human beings are taking steps that affect the beaches and cause irreparable damage. “On a regular, natural beach, waves crash on the sand, are absorbed into the sand, are softened, and return to the sea taking with them only a minuscule amount of sand. Following concrete construction, the waves – instead of being absorbed by the sand – break on the concrete. Consequently, the waves return to the sea with much greater force, taking with them much larger amounts of sands and the beach becomes rocky. Building promenades is nice for man, but greatly harms the water line and sand layers”
In the last picture, we see the attempt to repair the damage by adding new sand. But the new sand won’t hold any better than the old, and the repelling force of waves against the concrete creates massive sinkholes. Now even small waves (not storms) carry away the sand. The result is the vastly different layers of sand you can see in the picture.