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Nice, France's Bains Militaires Beach Escapes Privatization

Nice, France's Bains Militaires Beach Escapes Privatization

The public space will be preserved. The regulars and users of the Bains Militaries Beach on Franck-Pilatte Boulevard are delighted to hear that their natural space will be neither modified nor privatized. This time, it’s Eric Ciotti, district deputy who confirms it by clarifying the legal situation of this area, which is under departmental control. The president

Bains militaire beach, Nice, France

The public space will be preserved. The regulars and users of the Bains Militaries Beach on Franck-Pilatte Boulevard are delighted to hear that their natural space will be neither modified nor privatized.

This time, it’s Eric Ciotti, district deputy who confirms it by clarifying the legal situation of this area, which is under departmental control. The president of the departmental council specifies, “the department, which has become owner of the site as part of the Nice Port transfer, has been working for several years to preserve and maintain this beach.”   

The status of “avant-port” transferred from national to departmental control in March 2008 is confirmed. However, the City of Nice said it had ratified an authorization for temporary occupation with the national government in 2012.

Yet no matter, the owner and current occupant, both confirm that there is no project planning to change the economy of the beach, nor is there any under consideration. Eric Ciotti is precise: “the Bains Millitaires Beach is in no way doomed to become a private beach. Quite the opposite, it will remain a public space.”

The departmental council president recalls, in passing, the € 89,000 of work dedicated to the access, facilities, and repair of the beach. And he also brings up the study recently conducted on the site. One of the beach regulars blew a hole in this theory by mentioning the recent film shoot.

“The technicians who were seen on the beach and on the platform the last few days were preparing to film a movie,” confirms the head of the department.

Plongeoir restaurant, Nice, France

One final point is, however, yet to be overcome: the eventual docking and passenger drop off by boats around the Plongeoir Restaurant. Jean-Marie Bidart, president of the committee for the defense of port neighborhoods and the environment recalled that he had addressed, in June and in July of 2015, two letters to city services.   

In his second letter, a sharper request dated July 15, 2015, the committee presented an alternative: “Either withdraw permission to dock, or create an access channel to the dock.”

Bidart's argument is based on the presence of  a swimming area and on the status of the site classified as “protected due to the presence of posidonia.” But for now this docking possibility has not been used.

As for the film shoot, perhaps it could be a sequel to “Brice de Nice.”

Do you believe it is acceptable for a city to privatize public spaces? Should temporary private occupation of public spaces, by film producers or for private events for instance, be allowed? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French here.

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