GEORGE CLOONEY WILL HAVE BEACH ON LAGO DI COMO
(AGI) - Como, Apr. 23 - George Clooney is likely to be granted the permission to use the small beach on the Lago di Como after his request had sparked much criticism in the past few weeks. The ruling majority in the city council authorized mayor Giuseppe Mantero to accept the proposal made by the American actor who had applied for the 48 square metre beach that would allow him to create a walking route between his two villas, Villa Oleandra and VillaMargherita. The decision was made at the end of an evening meeting of the city council held behind closed doors. The mayor was authorized to reach an agreement with Clooney's company "Orcalson Capital Ltd" on the exact terms and conditions of the move. However, it is still unclear whether that strip of public soil will be given away to Clooney or hired. "Whatever the decision" the mayor said " a larger and cleaner beach will be available to both citizens and tourists". Mantero explained that the beach at issue "is a little jewel that will become even more prestigious when sewage conduits are built and people are once again able to have a swim". Now, the small beach looks abandoned and Clooney himself in a letter sent to the 400 families of the municipality explained that he "wants to take care of the public beach in Riva di Soldino" and "turn it into an attractive area for all citizens since everyone understands that it is left to its fate now". The final decision will be made by the city council on Thursday. However, even those who have opposed the proposal since the beginning are gradually changing their minds. Roberto Pozzi, who had opposed the idea of giving away municipality-owned soil says now that "no wars have been waged against Clooney nor will the whole issue be used for political purposes ". Giuseppe Mantero is proud of being the mayor of such an appreciated town and said that George Clooney's letter "is another reason to pay more attention to all those issue which may make our resources even more attractive". He added: "I think that we must condemn the biased criticism expressed by many people. As representatives of the ruling majority, we want to reiterate our appreciation for what George is doing because his very presence in our town is an incredible opportunity of development and tourist promotion".
CLOONEY APOLOGISES TO THE RESIDENTS OF LAGLIO
With an open letter US-actor George Clooney tries to calm down the upset residents of Laglio at Lake Como.
With the letter written in English and published by the Italian press Clooney bids for trust in his plans to purchase a part of the beach near the lake and to maintain it. “I have never wanted to take the beach away from the residents and I will never do that”, said the letter signed with “George”. “Let me maintain the beach and if that is done and you still want me as your honorary citizen I feel privileged to accept this honour.”
The Hollywoodstar’s request for a beach upset the almost 1000 citizens of Laglio as they feared for one of the rare public accesses to the lake. By the end of this month the city council will have decided about the request. According to reports Clooney wants to beautify the beach and also build a bridge to connect two houses of his property in Laglio. The star owns two villas in Laglio. The older house has lake view, but has to be renovated; the newer still habitable house is in a beautiful garden, but farther from the lake.
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