08.08.2011 08.Aw-Elul, 5771
Local beaches will soon be rated by international criteria as Israel prepares to join the Blue Flag program operating in over 40 other countries.
The Beit Yanai beach, in the northern Sharon region, has some appealing qualities and some less appealing ones. It is a designated nature reserve, but because of that an expensive entrance fee is charged. The striking limestone cliffs are threatening to collapse and the concrete reinforcements built to prevent this are a cause for concern. Nor is the water always clean.
Information about these issues is not provided by the beach management. So how do you know whether Beit Yanai is preferable to the adjacent Havatzelet Hasharon beach? Or the Netanya beaches? Soon there will be an objective and comprehensive way to know. Israel is in advanced negotiations to become the newest member of Blue Flag, an international program of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE ) that inspects and rates beaches all over the world based on uniform criteria. A beach that has been given Blue Flag certification enters the exclusive club of good, clean, accessible and quality beaches around the world….