Select beaches in Israel previously privately-held to turn public

March 14, 2016 22:06

Interior Minister Arye Deri announced on Monday that a number of beaches around the country will become free to the public.

In a statement, the ministry said that NIS 7 million will be given to a number of local authorities to offset the loss of income made from entrance fees. Though the decision involves 10 beaches around the country that currently charge an entrance fee, it means that the rest of beaches around the country will not be allowed to charge entrance fees either.

Deri said that the decision was made in order to close social gaps and help in the fight against the high cost of living. “This decision will make it possible for every citizen, rich and poor, to swim for free at the sea and enjoy Israel's natural resources for free.”

It will go into effect when the summer's bathing season begins. 

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