Caesarea residents prefer archeology to expansion

A local NPO objects to selling land in the area, which it says includes important archeological excavations.

A non-profit organization of 750 residents of Caesarea objects to the Caesarea Development Corporation’s plan to market land for building more houses in the town.

The residents claims that the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting archeological excavations on the land that Caesarea Development plans to sell. These excavations have discovered a mosaic, an ancient cemetery, and ancient roads, among other things.

The residents assert that Caesarea Development should respect these finds, which have great historic and archeological value for humanity, and not turn the site into just another residential neighborhood.

Caesarea Development’s plans to initiate a number of real estate projects have caused quite a few conflicts with the residents in recent months. These projects include residential neighborhoods and commercial projects next to the Caesarea aqueduct. The residents claim that Caesarea Development’s goal is to set up as many income-producing projects as possible, in order to ensure its own future existence.

Published by Globes [online] - www.globes.co.il - on January 29, 2006

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