Summer 2024 at Capo D'Orlando, 9.4 km ready… swimmable


By John

Except for the usual three “critical” sections, 9 and a half kilometers of Orland's sea are swimmable. This can be read in the ordinance of Mayor Franco Ingrillì who, referring to the analyzes of the ASP of 28 March, banned 1,690 meters of sea from bathing, namely the port section, the purification plant section and the Testa di Monaco section. The latter of 320 meters will be closed due to the fragility of the ridge that projects into the sea in the Scala di Testa di Monaco area following a report from the Port Authority of Milazzo. The stretch of the port of San Gregorio due to the presence of boats while that of the Tavola Grande purifier due to possible pollution from sewage waste.
Speaking of the sea, in recent months there have been complaints from dozens of inhabitants of Via Trazzera Marina who, in order to reach the beach, find the accesses blocked. Private property can be read on the closing gates and so many have turned to the municipal offices both to verify their legitimacy and to ask for alternative solutions in the event, as will most likely be the case, that the obstruction is legitimate. For two or three kilometres, the accesses to the beach can only be counted on the fingers of one hand, while that of the Bruca district poses quite a few problems for disabled people who are forced to go down a slide in truly prohibitive conditions to reach the beach.
Access is guaranteed on the other beaches and Palazzo Europa is already moving to plan the bathing season by providing maintenance for the showers which will be installed at the end of the month. They can still be used for free this summer. Last year the idea was mooted of charging for the service via a coin acceptor affixed to the shower. Payment that would have been less burdensome, if not even free for residents.