Lagos council is urging the government to carry out dredging work at the entrance to the local harbour, which it says is so silted up with sand that it is nearly impossible to navigate safely.
The situation has caused “serious inconveniences” and has only been worsening, leading the council to unanimously approve a motion expressing its “displeasure”.
As the council explains, the entrance to the harbour is only one-and-a-half-metres deep when it should be at least four metres when the tide is low.
Access to the harbour has been limited to smaller boats, which the council says “affects the local economy and the image of Lagos as a destination of excellence” and leaves it in a position of disadvantage compared to other towns in the Algarve.
According to the council, the Marina de Lagos, the Sopromar shipyard and the sailing club Clube de Vela de Lagos are among the most affected businesses.
Lagos mayoress Joaquina de Matos says that the council was informed by the Secretary of State for Fisheries that the dredging work was expected to start in the first half of 2019 but needs authorisation from the Portuguese environmental agency (APA).
“June has arrived, the tourism season has started and there is still no sign that the work will begin,” she said, adding that a solution to the situation is “urgent”.