[Local News] The State Selling Part Of Our Public Beaches ?

A walk from Péreybère will take you to Bain Boeuf. However, if you’re walking on the beach you have to be careful where you step. There are warning signs placed before the camps or on the walls of the properties that could not be more clear. They even cite a provision of the Civil Code and some warn that violators face a fine of Rs 10 000. Adding to the poles planted in the sand; some come with safety cords..

Zot get ou dan figir kouma dir voler.”

Didier Castel, a resident of Cap-Malheureux testifies. “Monn déza gagn pousé la.” He says this happened to him about two years ago. And since he has seen other people experience the same bad experience. “Kan ou pas divan zot lakour, zot get ou dan figir kouma dir voler. Pa koné sipa sa bann dimounn la gagn drwa fer sa.” The sign that mentions the “high tide” and “exclusive occupation” was shown to us. The inhabitant persists “Laplaz népli pou nou.” After ranting against the owners, he finally let go “Selman, nou ousi nous bizin konn konport nou lor laplaz.”

Public Beach Entrance

Several meters away, the access to the public beach shrinks. The sand gives way to a narrow passage of stones that is part of the wall properties. Only one person can walk at a time. Mathieu and Valerie, two French tourists from Lille, had to adjust with the situation. Located right in front of a property, Mathieu says: “Ça nous surprend un peu. On trouve les plages tellement superbes qu’on a envie d’en profiter un peu partout. On n’a pas l’impression de gêner les gens. Mais bon, si c’est la loi.

Il fallait le demander plus gentiment.

As a precaution, the two tourists unfolded their napkins in front of a villa. A purposely chosen location to feel safer and a peaceful place to admire. “La dernière fois qu’on s’est mis là où il y avait quelqu’un dans la villa, il nous a plus ou moins gentiment demandé de partir,” says the tourist, who weighs his words and made a wry smile when he said “plus ou moins gentiment.

Public Beach

Cette personne nous a dit qu’elle en avait marre de répéter la même chose, que c’était écrit et que c’était chez elle. On a bougé, mais il fallait le demander plus gentiment,” said Mathieu. But why not go to the public beach? “On trouve cet endroit tellement tranquille et tellement joli qu’on a préféré venir ici.”

The president of forces vives Soopaya Veerapen said “Le plus gros problème, c’est le domaine public. Il y a deux types de bail: celui qui finit avec les bornes et celui qui va jusqu’à la ligne de haute marée (NdlR : high water mark). Cela ne veut pas dire que la propriété va jusque dans la mer. Tout le monde a le droit d’en profiter et il est interdit de faire obstruction.”

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