The Beirut Municipality's workers were ordered by Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib to remove the illegal and unlicensed structures from the popular beach of Ramlet El-Baida with the support of Beirut Guard Regiment and Internal Security Forces.
In this context, Governor Chebib’s office issued a statement that claimed multiple "illegal and unlicensed constructions" had been built on the beach and were now being removed.
These illegal and unlicensed structures included a restaurant, a kitchen, a coffee shop, a pastry oven, a lounge for nargile rental, several huts, mini-markets, poultry houses, and cat houses. A number of strayed dogs that were attacking beach-goers were also captured.
In addition to all the above, a special hall for celebrating birthdays and special events is about to be removed along with three large-size containers filled with damaged objects.
Once all these violations removed, workers can soon move into completing the process of cleaning the sand of this popular, free of charge beach. Beirut Municipality is proven adamant to ensure that the beach of Ramlet El-Bayda is restored to its former glory and reverts to be a special enjoyable and clean destination for the residents of Beirut and its visitors.
Earlier this month, Beirut Municipality started preparing for the summer season by taking initiatives and launching campaigns to enhance and beautify the corniche in Beirut, making it more approachable by visitors.
The initiatives included removing the concrete blocks that were previously installed, for security reasons, outside the seaside Movenpick Hotel, as well as cleaning the sand on the Ramlet El-Bayda public beach.
It also included taking some measures to ensure there is street lighting all along the promenade, from the beach at the south to the Ain Mraisseh area in the north.
The corniche is also set to undergo a development and renovation project, adding new bike lanes, and planting trees and green areas; an undergoing plan announced by Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani back in February 2019
This project is expected to take the Corniche to a new level without harming the environment, and, as promised by Mayor Itani, it will be unveiled in 2020 or "in a maximum of two years."