District planning committee confirms Palmahim Beach’s status as national park

January 17, 2016 17:37

Putting an end to any remaining qualms about the fate of Israel's Palmahim Beach, the Central District Committee for Planning and Building officially terminated plans for a resort complex in favor of establishing a national park at the site on Sunday.

Ten days ago, following some 24 hours of intense pressure from environmental organizations, government officials came to an initial compensation agreement with the beach's real estate developers for the losses they have incurred by not completing the resort project planned for the site. Although the Central District Committee determined in December 2014 that the entire beach, located just south of Rishon Lezion, would be recognized as a national park, a method for reimbursing the developer still had yet to be finalized.

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