The artificial island will open to the general public on July 13th.

The artificial island will open to the general public on July 13th.
The artificial island will open to the general public on July 13th.

Off the coast of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, the floating island Canua Island will finally open its doors to the general public on Saturday July 13, as indicated by the communications department of the festive site.

This time, it’s for real. The general public will be able to access the controversial floating island Canua Island, located off the coast of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, the site’s communications department has announced.

On its website, it is indeed possible to make a reservation starting from Saturday, July 13. The artificial island was initially to be available for rental only for private events.

Opened on May 16 for private events

On the boat, with a surface area of ​​1,750 square metres spread over two floors, there are restaurants, deckchairs and a freshwater swimming pool available to customers.

The departure to join the offshore platform is from the port of Béal. Contacted by BFM Nice Côte d’Azur, the co-founder of the place Marc Audineau was not available to respond.

The floating island was inaugurated on May 16th with the initial aim of hosting private events. Previously, the implementation of the project had created a lot of controversy and discord.

Oppositions from elected officials

Elected officials and associations have been mobilizing for many months to block Canua Island, which is considered to be a platform that is harmful to the environment.

The project had to wait for a decision from the Council of State last December to order the issuance of its navigation authorization.

The day after the inauguration of the platform On May 16, off the coast of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, around twenty mayors from the Alpes-Maritimes and Var, including the mayors of Nice and Toulon, signed a platform to firmly oppose this project.

“Without clear opposition to this commercial exploitation of the natural marine environment, this project risks multiplying on our coasts and transforming into an event activity that will endanger the natural integrity of the marine environment,” they wrote in their column.

Alexis Lalemant Journalist

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