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The Pictures Say it All

Editorial: Recent Pictures Taken During a Bali Surfing Championship Indicate More than Waves are Breaking on Bali's Shoreline.

(8/7/2010) The pictures say it all.

Bali has regulations prohibiting construction within 100 meters of the shoreline.

Bali's shorelines need to be preserved as places of public access and mutual enjoyment, not only to ensure the island's future sustainability as a tourism destination, but, also, as an absolute guarantee that the Balinese will be able to hold traditional rites and rituals celebrated since time immemorial on the island's shorelines.

Bali also has developers who have come to paradise with the firm conviction that they can improve on God's handiwork, now, if only the Balinese would stay out of their way, and allow developers to get on with their job.

Bali's new zoning regulation (RTRW) promoted by governor Pastika stipulates prison sentences for island officials who grant special exemptions to existing rules. Not surprisingly, the new rules are being stonewalled by Bali's regents and mayors who are unwilling to have their feet held to the fire on the mounting desecration of a place once called: "Island of the Gods."

Cry, the beloved island.



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