A man works near salt pools in Anfeh, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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A coastal resort project in the northern town of Anfeh has been thrown back into the spotlight in the past week as reports emerged that it would be approved before the Cabinet entered caretaker status.The Zouk Mikael project includes roughly 33,000 square meters of public land, 19,000 of which are in the sea."It's a huge project – 31,000 square meters on the coast, and 39,000 square meters on water [in the sea]," member of the commission and head of the Order of Engineers Jad Tabet told The Daily Star.He explained the 70,000 square meters are only part of a mammoth 550,000-square-meter project.Tabet noted a Cabinet endorsement of the Anfeh project would directly contravene the 2009 Cabinet-approved Comprehensive Plan for the Organization of Lebanese Territories, which noted the "unparalleled" biological and cultural significance of the Anfeh area and called for it to be preserved.The Anfeh project has been under discussion for more than a decade.
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