Disabled at the beach 311.
(photo credit: Zion Sade)
The initial results of the Blue-Green Flag campaign, which ranks the quality of
the nation’s beaches and is updated every two weeks throughout the swimming
season, was released on Thursday.
The Environmental Protection Ministry
initiative’s rankings – determined by the Environmental, Health and Interior
ministries – include quality of water, cleanliness of the beach, parking,
handicapped accessibility, beach facilities, sewage connections, public opinion
and the considerations of the ministries, a statement said.
In first, ministry to rank nation’s beaches
follows in the footsteps of the international Blue Flag Program, which has been
rating beach quality all over the world since its 1987 launch in
“The ranking will bring maximal transparency to the level and
quality of beaches in Israel, which will lead to an upgrade in service provided
to the public at the beaches,” Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan
said a statement.
The joint-ministerial committee assigned each beach a
mark of “0” to “3,” with 0 being the lowest and 3 the highest.
worst offenders – the only beaches to receive rankings of “1” – were Acre’s
Hatmarim Beach (earning a score of 55 percent for overall quality), Tel Aviv’s
Aviv Beach (57%), Bat Yam’s Haselah Beach No. 1 (58%) and Emek Hefer Regional
Council’s Neurim Beach (60%). The only beaches to receive rankings of zero were
those that aren’t currently open.
The top two beaches – both earned marks
of “3” – were Mate Asher Regional Council’s Shavei Zion Beach (98%) and Haifa’s
Dado Zamir Beach (97%).
Other beaches that achieved a status of “3,” but
at slightly lower quality percentages, included all beaches ranked in Ashkelon,
Eilat’s Nifrad-Mifratz Hashemesh Beach, five out of seven Ashdod beaches, nine
out of 13 Tel Aviv-Yafo beaches, five out of six Herzliya beaches, four out of
the five open beaches ranked in Netanya and six out of the eight open beaches in
Throughout the swimming season, the rating will continue to be
updated in cooperation with beach managers, and the results will be published
) every two weeks, the Environmental Protection Ministry said.