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Nautilus Island plans rejected

PLANS TO construct a manmade island off the coast of Vale do Lobo have been rejected by the Minister for the Environment, Francisco Nunes Correia.

Studies that have been conducted concluded that the construction of the island could be detrimental to the Algarve coastline and increase the incidence of coastal erosion rather than reduce it, as claimed by Vale do Lobo.

Correia expressed his opposition to the project at a press conference yesterday (February 13), saying that the island was likely to have “very negative consequences” on the Ria Formosa coastline, from Ancão to the Spanish border.

“Based on this preliminary evaluation, our attitude is against the continuation of this project,” to which he added that Vale do Lobo had already been notified. The Resident contacted staff at Vale do Lobo, who declined to comment on the subject and about their next step, but there is speculation that the company could look to Spain to construct the island.

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