Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A German island will split in two divided by popular vote

The majority of the 1,300 residents of the small German island of Helgoland, located in the North Sea, have opted to maintain their current territory and grow it artificially to join the two parts into which was divided after a storm in 1720 plunged the isthmus that linked them. According to figures announced today, 54.7% of participants in a referendum held on Sunday between the Islanders chose to keep their division and reject a project to gain land from the sea and increasing the attraction of Helgoland.

The rejected plan proposed to increase by 25% territory of Helgoland, the only open water in Germany, known as a tourist destination and outdated tax-free enclave where you can buy cheap alcohol and snuff. The project, costing a total of 100 million, involved the creation of a strip of land 850 meters by 300 meters to be built on a beach, several hotels and a convention center, according to the mayor of Helgoland, Jörg Singer.

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