THE TEL AVIV MUNICIPALITY INTENDED TO CONVERT A SECTION OF SDE DOV INTO A CAMPING SITEThe private land owners of Sde Dov have vehemently objected to the Municipality’s plan: “To our amazement, we have learned that the Municipality is promoting a camping site on sections of the Sde Dov land. These steps are being taken secretly, without any transparency vis-à-vis the landowners.” The Municipality: “There was never an intention of building a permanent camping site, rather to hold temporary events for the city’s resident families.”
10.12.20 | Dotan Levi
Calcalist has learned that the Tel Aviv Municipality has requested to convert a section of Sde Dov into a camping site, including an area with tents, restrooms and changing rooms, as well as a barbeque area; however, the landowners vehemently object to this plan, and the Court has ruled that their position prevails.
In September, Eli Levy, Director of the Municipal Property Division, sent a letter to the land’s special managers, describing the Municipality’s special plans to build a camping site in a triangular area in the western section of Sde Dov, which according to the City Plan is designated for use as an open public area and its permitted uses include a public park with all its affiliated services. This intention was reached based on the assessment that it would take a few years until the reparcelization plans would be approved for Sde Dov.
The coastal strip next to Sde Dov currently includes a boardwalk and is considered a beautiful spot that many Tel Aviv residents have discovered and have begun to visit since the airport was closed.
The private owners in the Sde Dov complex vehemently object to the Municipality’s plan: “To our amazement, we have learned that the Municipality is promoting a camping site on sections of the Sde Dov land. These steps are being taken secretly, without any transparency vis-à-vis the landowners.”
The private landowners are concerned about this seizure of the land, creating an environmental nuisance and a site for criminal activity that will reduce the value of the land: “In our country, temporary steps quickly becomes permanent ones, and certain people at the municipalities quickly become enamored with solutions that already exist in the field,” was the statement in the letter to the special managers. The landowners are represented by Adv. Miriam Donin Shoob, Partner at Hamburger Evron & Co. “The special managers approached the Herzliya Magistrates Court, which accepted our position.”
The Municipality responded: “There was never an intention of building a permanent camping site, rather to hold temporary events for the city’s resident families, as has been held in the past citywide at public gardens. Since the trustees have refused use of the land, the events will be held in other locations in the city.”