FILE - General view of Ramlet al-Baida beach after bulldozers removed a kiosk, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon's Shura Council Wednesday decided to temporarily halt the construction of a resort on Ramlet al-Baida that is widely seen as the capital's last public beach.The Shura Council said in its statement that an investigation can be warranted on concerns, including public health and safety.The Shura Council's decision suspends the construction license for one month, requires the government to investigate the project based on the plaintiffs' concerns, and requires companies involved in the project to cooperate in the investigation and file their response within a month.The statement then attested that aerial photographs taken by the Lebanese Army's Geographical Affairs Department show the area being developed is not part of the public land, based on the last survey completed in 1962 .The Daily Star also contacted the resort's developers, Ashour Group, for a statement on the Shura Council's decision.
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