Politically, the mayor of Cannes and the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region do not waver in the same currents.
Everyone has their right.
The first is an assumed "ciottisite", the second a claimed "estrosist".
There are, however, subjects that bring people together, as evidenced by the latest position taken by David Lisnard against the installation of the floating island Canua Island in the Gulf of Napoule.
On this "
" file, Renaud Muselier was the first to take the plunge last week, affirming his
"total opposition to this project"
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He then wrote to the Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, denouncing “
a luxury event night and day”
, harmful to the environment and to the Mediterranean.
“In a context of real climate emergency, this project seems devoid of common sense to me
,” he said.
In a missive sent Monday to the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, the city councilor of Cannes expressed, in turn, his "
firm opposition to the development of this activity along the Cannes coast"
According to David Lisnard, it is about "
the protection of the environment
" but also "
the safety of maritime navigation
He also warns against
unfair competition to sea bathing establishments
”, generated by the floating island.
This XXL trimaran, with a surface area of 1750 m2 and which will be able to accommodate up to 350 people on two levels, should anchor by the end of April off Mandelieu-la-Napoule, very close to Cannes. .
“On sandy bottoms 600 meters from the seaside”
, specify its two designers.
The latter also firmly reject all allegations leading to the belief that their project would have a negative impact on the environment.
[We] wanted to build a place in accordance with [our] values and respecting [our] common love of the sea and nature.
Thus, natural, sustainable and recyclable materials were used for the construction
: wood for the superstructure and aluminum and steel for the hulls and the structure.
The island is an eco-designed, carbon-free ship (3 times less carbon emissions during construction than a Vendée Globe sailboat), subject to French maritime regulations, which are very strict in terms of safety and protection of the environment. 'environment',
they defend themselves.
This project, of which the municipality does not deny the potential interest for certain municipalities, raises the question of the power to regulate maritime activity by mayors along the coast of their municipality, beyond the 300 m strip.
Because only the State is now the decision maker and can intervene
David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes
Without having the legal power to oppose the navigation and anchorage of this ship, the mayor of Cannes says he
"refused any support for passengers from the Cannes coast"
To the head of government he asks
“to kindly put in place the appropriate regulations allowing to strictly supervise this type of practice by the creation of an adapted device”
, for the deployment of nautical uses such as Canua Island.
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In truth, this is not the first time that David Lisnard has spoken out against these floating island projects.
In January 2018 already, then in March 2020, he had expressed his fears to Édouard Philippe, then Prime Minister, and Laurent Isnard, Maritime prefect.
So many bottles in the sea that did not discourage him, in the light of this umpteenth attempt.
“This project, of which the municipality does not deny the potential interest for certain municipalities, raises the question of the power to regulate maritime activity by mayors along the coast of their municipality, beyond the 300 m strip.
Because only the State is now the decision-maker and can intervene
, ”he explains in a press release.
after statements by Renaud Muselier, the mayor of Mandelieu, in favor of the Canua Island project, did not hide his amazement, when "in
2021 this operation [had] been retained by the Region for its development and co-guaranteed by the Regional Fund via the European ERDF fund
Sébastien Leroy had summoned the president of the Paca region to “
show responsibility and stop gesticulating by talking nonsense about this file where 3.5 million euros of public money have been invested.
» To which Renaud Muselier had been told that
« the Region has never put a penny into this project.
From A to Z, the mayor is wrong.
And he is also mistaken in wanting to make it a political affair