Turtle visits hopefully bode well for the protection of Hondoq

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Do turtle visits bode well for the protection of Hondoq?I would like to congratulate Paul Buttigieg of SOS Hondoq for his presentation of the plight of Hondoq on ‘Bla Agenda’ (Nov. 13). The video footage presented says it all by showing the bay’s popularity, belying the developers’ statements to the contrary. Why did they lie at the meeting? Obvious – to make it look like they were not going to endanger a bay which is so well loved, to justify the proposed construction project that will include a yacht marina!

In early October, I was amazed to see divers playfully swimming with a turtle. I regretted being unable to go and join the fun. But seeing the turtle’s head surface for air now and then was a thrill in itself. I had heard of two other turtle sightings in the Hondoq area since April, but this was my first personal experience. And I knew in my heart and soul that this is what Hondoq was meant to be – man and sea interacting without one harming the other! And I also knew in my heart that if the yacht marina were present then no one, on shore or in the sea, would have enjoyed this sublime – there is no other word – experience as it occurred in the area of the projected marina!

In some cultures, turtles are seen as symbols of good luck. Then these turtle visits bode well for those who want to protect Hondoq from the wolf! What an experience, seeing man and turtle interact – sure beats seeing a lone amberjeck at Portomaso, eh Mr Bencini?

Leo Attard,

Qala.

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    6 Responses

    1. James A. Tyrrell says:

      You are so right Leo. If extra berths are required for boats then they should be found at Mgarr, which has already been destroyed rather than destroying Hondoq. Will these money hungry developers stop at nothing to line their pockets at the expense of the ordinary people? The people of Qala have voted against any such development at Hondoq and they deserve to be listened to. Hondoq is for the people of Qala, all the Gozitan people, the Maltese people and the tourists who enjoy its welcoming waters. Leave it alone!

    2. Lesley Kreupl says:

      I was lucky enough to see some of the beautiful photos of the turtle. This bay is so special – I can only plead with the authorities to simply leave it alone.

      It is surrounded by and exposed to so many ugly things: the huge ruin of the old water ‘facility’, the quarry, the rusty skeletons of machinery, the threat of explosives destroying the bay completely every time there is a fiesta requiring dynamite!

      Yet it has survived until now – SO LEAVE HONDOQ ALONE – let the turtles continue to enjoy it, let the residents of the island and its visitors relish the clear waters, let us protect if for future generations!

    3. Mick H says:

      For your information, probably the same turtle (as we dont get many here) was pulled from the sea near to Reqqa by a fisherman and left to die on the shore, authorities were informed and removed the turtle corpse.

      eco/green/environmental gozo ! !

    4. Mario B says:

      @Leoand Attard and Paul Buttigieg PROSIT.
      I also saw that program. It showed how the general public still dearly loves Hondoq.This was seen by all the SMS that were shown on screen. Only about 6 were in favour when there were literally hundreds against.

      Minister Debono PLS wake up and and show respect to the 85% of Qala residents that voted against and also to all those SMS that objected. Isn`t this ECO Gozo?

    5. joseph cutajar new york says:

      Another test regarding Hondoq was put on display last weekend on the tv programm’ Bla Agenda’ and the people of Malta and Gozo once again showed the dissaproval of this project .After all it doesnt take a genius to realize that its the destruction of Hondoq which in my opinian is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches in the mediterranean.Clean up Hondoq and turn it into a national park / beach and leave it for everybody to enjoy and relax.A big big thankyou goes out to my friend Mr Paul Buttigieg for ALL the hard work he is doing to stop these vulchers from destroying our beloved hondoq .Keep up the fight and good work

    6. CHARLIE MIZZI NICK NAME TA-RE says:

      HONDOQ IS An HISTORICAL SITE THAT NEEDS TO BE KEPT. STONE FROM THE QUARRY WAS USED TO BUILD THE PORTS IN MALTA. AND MGARR GOZO. HONDOQ NEEDS TO BE SAVED FOR VISITORS AND THE PEOPLE OF QALA AND GOZO .

      THANK YOU TO ALL THAT SUPPORT PROTECTING HONDOQ-IR-RUMMIEN BAY. LIKE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID; THIS BAY IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BAY TO SWIM AND ENJOY THE WONDERS OF NATURE.

      THANKYOU PAUL BUTTIGIEG.

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