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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Tel Aviv’s Hatzuk Beach North and Herzliya’s Acadia North were ranked the best
in the nation in the second round of this year’s Blue-Green Flag beach rankings
released by the Environmental Protection Ministry on Wednesday.
program assigns each beach a pictorial grade of “0” to “3” flags, with 0 being
the lowest and 3 being the highest, and a corresponding overall
The beach standings, covering June 19 to 26, gave top marks
to Hatzuk Beach North and Acadia North, both at 98 percent; Nordau and Metzitzim
in Tel Aviv, at 97%; and Herzl in Netanya and Jerusalem in Tel Aviv, at
This month’s worst offenders were the Separate (religious) Beach in
Hadera and Michmoret South in Emek Hefer, at 57%; Sokolov in Nahariya, at 63%;
and Olga South in Hadera and Bogroshov in Tel Aviv, at 67%; while Gordon Beach
in Tel Aviv remains closed – and therefore unranked – due to
While still bearing three flags, the season’s initial winner
Shavei Zion has moved down to 85% from its original 98%, and the season’s
initial worst offender, Acre’s Hatmarim Beach, has jumped from one flag at 55%
to three flags at 90%.
Out of the 95 beaches ranked, 63 received three
flags, 21 received two flags, two received one flag and six were closed, the
Environmental Protection Ministry said in a statement.
category, “Beauty Mark,” which does not assign or contribute to the beaches’
grades, mentions details of locations that have gone above and beyond their
requirements – in items such as sports facilities, children’s games and barbecue
segments, the ministry added.
The ministry said it was pleased with the
marked improvements, noting that many beaches have renovated or installed
bathrooms and changing rooms, handicap-accessible paths and drinking
The ministry’s rankings – determined in collaboration with the
Health and Interior ministries as well as an outside contractor – collect data
on beach features such as water quality, cleanliness, parking and handicapped
accessibility, all of which are updated every two weeks. In its second year, the
campaign was inspired by the international Blue Flag program, which has been
ranking beach environments globally since its 1987 launch in Europe.