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Italians crack open the prosecco as 'ecomonster' removed from tourist beach

Italians crack open the prosecco as 'ecomonster' removed from tourist beach
13 Jun 2013

Sicilians are celebrating after demolition work finally began on an illegal hotel situated on one of the island's most beautiful beaches. 

The unfinished concrete structure was first erected at Scala dei Turchi 23 years ago and campaigners have been fighting a legal battle with its developers ever since. 

Their perseverance has been rewarded however after the authorities ruled the 'ecomonster' would have to go. 

Italy has a notorious problem with illegal buildings. In 2003, the BBC reported they were being erected at a rate of 84 a day. 

However, Andrea Carandini, Mimmo Fontana, the president of environmental group Legambiente's Sicilian arm, told the Independent that he hopes the developments in Sicily are the sign of wider change. 

'We are delighted not only because we've battled for so many years to return this wonderful beach to its natural beauty, but because what happened shows that slowly attitudes are finally changing,' he said.ADNFCR-408-ID-801598707-ADNFCR

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