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South Lebanon's governor said Sunday he has launched an investigation into a coastal resort at Tyre's Mansouri beach, after the Environment Ministry said the development violated regulations protecting nesting turtles.However, it is advertised online as a resort and The Daily Star has previously independently verified from multiple sources – including resort employees – that it is indeed operating commercially.In its complaint filed on Aug. 1, the Environment Ministry noted that the resort owners had violated this part of the project's environmental management plan, approved in 2015 – namely that it was being used as a "touristic resort" rather than as a residential complex.Mona Khalil, an activist and Mansouri resident who has worked to conserve turtles in the area for nearly two decades, confirmed Sunday that there had been a decrease by more than half in the number of turtle nests at the beach.
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