Not only has Blue Flag status once again been bestowed on Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond - but Castle Beach in Pearly Beach was given pilot Blue Flag status for the first time!
The pilot period for Castle Beach will be from 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.
Pilot beaches are not required to comply with all Blue Flag criteria, but must work towards meeting fundamental elements like water quality, environmental education and information, beach and environmental management, and safety and services within a two year period to stand a chance to ultimately acquire full Blue Flag status.
Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year and to practise effective and efficient conservation management.
The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time and if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.
Grotto’s Blue Flag-status kicked in on 1 December and remains effective till 31 March 2018. In the case of Hawston and Kleinmond, this status will come into effect on 15 December through to 15 January 2018.
It should be noted that no pets will be allowed on Blue Flag-beaches for the duration, and that the consumption and/or possession of any alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in all public areas including beaches.
Life-saving and security services will be fully operational for the duration of the holiday season on the afore stated beaches, as well as at the two municipal swimming-pools, namely those in Hawston (next to the camp site) and Hermanus (Zwelihle).