The town of Dbayeh is seen in the background behind rubbish piled up at a temporary garbage dump on a beach in Zalka north of Beirut on December 22, 2015AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ
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With the onset of summer, tourists and Lebanese alike are flocking to the country's renowned beaches and resorts, despite long-standing pollution warnings along the coast.With local daily temperatures expected to stay fixed around 30 degrees throughout the summer, there's no doubt that the relief provided by resorts and beaches along Lebanon's coast will be in high demand.However, the country's recent garbage crisis has raised questions of whether the country's water and coastline could become unpleasant, or even unsafe. An increase in the amount of garbage that has ended up in the sea could deter people from swimming.At Beirut's popular Sporting Beach Club, one patron told The Daily Star that he had been prevented from swimming due to an accumulation of garbage in the surrounding sea.Pollution plagued Lebanon's beaches even before the outset of the trash crisis.For areas less beneficially situated, there is still no reason to come face-to-face with the garbage that has long littered coastal areas.For now, many seem inclined to continue to escape the heat of the cities for the cool of the beaches and resorts, despite the potential health hazards the extra garbage that now floats in the sea.
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