The mayors of the coast demand urgent actions

The intense storm that has punished the Catalan coast these days has had a particular impact on the northern section of Barcelona, ​​where it has caused differences in height of up to two meters on the sea front.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
01 April 2024 Monday 11:20
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The mayors of the coast demand urgent actions

The intense storm that has punished the Catalan coast these days has had a particular impact on the northern section of Barcelona, ​​where it has caused differences in height of up to two meters on the sea front. In Badalona, ​​services have been disrupted and walking areas have been damaged on the beaches of Coco and Pont del Petroli, as well as that of Barca Maria, which had already lost all its sand in previous episodes. The storm has also taken away between 15 and 30% of the sand from Barcelona's beaches and the mayor, Jaume Collboni, announced yesterday that he will ask the central government for help to replenish it.

The mayor, Xavier García Albiol, has asked for an urgent meeting with the Ministry of Ecological Transition to provide definitive solutions to the regeneration of the beaches before the next summer season.

The same has happened on the coast of Montgat, where the City Council had already been forced to rethink the cancellation of the swimming season and not to install the usual services due to the lack of sand, also pending a regeneration project which has not yet materialized. In Mataró, the most affected beach has been that of Callao, which has practically disappeared.

Further north, in Arenys de Mar, the nudist beach of La Musclera has been erased from the map and access has had to be sealed off. Another of the affected beaches, that of Cavaió, to the north of the port dyke, has run out of sand, to the point where the base of the Portinyol restaurant is bare, which to guarantee stability has built a dyke made of fiber sacks filled with sand On the promenade that connects the coastal town with Canet de Mar, the waves have caused several palm trees to fall in an area that until a few days ago was at a distance of almost 50 meters from the sea.

In Pineda de Mar, on the Fishermen's beach, the breakwater that protected it has been exposed, something that had not happened since 2006. One of the huts where the motors for towing boats are kept has been destroyed and the platform that allowed the boat entrance has completely disappeared, so that the access has had to be closed due to the imminent danger of collapse. In this city, the mayor, Xavier Amor, has acknowledged that the Government delegate, Carlos Prieto, has contacted him to find out the extent of the storm's damage and, therefore, start the repair projects from the Ministry of Transition ecological