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Gordon Beach and Charles Clore Beach in Tel Aviv have been closed until further
notice due to sewage contamination, the Interior Ministry announced on
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The ministry also informed the Tel Aviv Municipality that Aviv
Beach and the gender-separated Nordau “religious” beach would also remain closed
for the time being because storm damage there has yet to be
Just three weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Ministry had
released the initial results of its second Blue- Green Flag campaign, which
ranks the quality of the nation’s beaches and is updated every two weeks
throughout the swimming season, and Gordon Beach got top marks. The rankings –
determined by the Environmental, Health and Interior ministries – were based on
factors including quality of water, cleanliness, parking, handicapped
accessibility, available facilities, sewage connections and public
The committee assigned each beach a mark of “0” to “3,” with 0
being the lowest and 3 the highest, and Gordon Beach earned a 3 as well as a
score of 92 percent for overall quality, while Charles Clore earned a 2, at
As for the two beaches damaged by storms, Aviv Beach received a 1,
at 57%, and was among the lowest rated in the country, while Nordau faired much
better with a 3, at 88%.
The reopening of these beaches will depend on
further evaluations of the water pollution and of the conditions at the beaches
that have not yet been repaired by the municipality since the winter storm
season, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv
Municipality told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday afternoon that the city had
issued a public announcement and placed signs near the polluted beaches that
morning, prohibiting bathing and relating warnings from beach inspectors against
visiting the areas.
“Information on the opening of the beaches will be
relayed separately, after authorization from the Interior Ministry and the
Health Ministry is received,” a municipal spokesman said.
explained that the majority of the damage on the Nordau and Aviv beaches was
caused by a big storm in December, and that an overhaul began in April after the
work and budgets were approved.
“The works are expected to be finished in
the month of July, and they include a return to the original conditions as well
as renovations of all the coastal structures, including the changing
facilities,” the spokesman said.