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Crackdown Promised North Bali's Resorts

Local Citizens Complain that Buleleng Area Hotels Have Built too Close to Shore Line.

(5/5/2003) On Friday, May 2, 2002, a north Bali non-governmental association, The United People's Forum of Buleleng (FMBB) petitioned the Regent of North Bali, Bagiada, and other ranking Buleleng officials to take strong action against hotels violating local zoning and environmental regulations.

The FMBB's Chairman, Komang Budiasa, told the local government officials that many hotels in Lovina and north Bali were flagrant in their violation of environmental zoning parameters. Budiasa pointed to the hotels who have ignored regulations by building permanent structures close to the shoreline, ignoring regulations that require a mandatory set-back of 50 meters from the high-tide mark. The FMBB's Chairman also reminded the local leaders that their failure to take firm action against the erring hotels would affect their standing in the eyes of the common people.

Ironically, many of these same hotels violating the set-back rules openly promote their properties as paradigms of eco-friendliness.

Bulelang's Regent, Bagiada, gave his assurances to the people that his office would urgently undertake a survey of all north Bali hotels and move resolutely against properties found to be violating the law.