by Ares Kalandides
The Greek government has prepared a disastrous bill which will presented before the Greek Parliament within the next few weeks. Here are the main points summed up by Aliki Chapple (http://alikichapple.tumblr.com/post/84417435707/main-points-of-shoreline-development-bill-summarised) :
1. All restrictions on the space that can be used for such temporary infrastructure as umbrellas, sun-loungers and refreshment stands on the seafront has been removed. Previously, the law mandated 100 metre breaks of open beach between developed areas.
3. The building of permanent structures for private profit is streamlined and obstacles removed. The legislation now says only that any such seaside development must be shown to be absolutely necessary to achieve the economic goals of the venture in question. Effectively, this allows hotels to extend their development all the way down to the sea itself.
4.Landfills are now allowed to further extend the shoreline for development.
5. It opens up the possibility that structures built illegally in the past because they circumvented previous restrictions on shoreline development might be declared legal after the fact, provided they are for commercial rather than residential use.
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