endangered wave in Madeira!!!!!

Greetings to all outdoor enthusiasts,

I am writing to inform you of a surfing wave in Madeira that is being threatened

by a proposed harbor development. It is a world-class wave located on the small

Portugese island in the Atlantic, a place which is undergoing a dramatic amount

of rapid tourist development, and something must be done at once to preserve

the future of surfing on the island. There are very few local surfers on Madeira,

so the international community has had to rally hard to force the government

to listen.

I have been managing a letter-writing campaign to encourage the Madeiran Government

to conduct the proper studies before the construction continues. Already, the

wave has been altered, and we are trying to convince them to

restore it to its former glory. If each of you could take the time to write

a few words in protest of this construction, the world will thank you. There

is a template letter at the bottom of this e-mail which you can use.

Thank you very much for your attention.

William Henry

photographer/writer

PO Box 183

3500 Coast Highway

Davenport, CA 95017

(831) 460-1255

(831) 460-1256 fax

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[Copy this Form Letter in to your word processor, print it out, sign it and

sent it!]

To: Exmo Sr. Dr. Alberto João Jardim

Presidente da Região Autónoma da Madeira

Quinta Vigia

Avenida do Infante, nº1

9004-547 Funchal

Madeira. Portugal

Fax: (011) (351) 291 224416

Dear sir,

I would like to express my concern regarding the proposed development at Lugar

do Baixo. To destroy a surfing wave such as this is to commit a crime against

nature. Surfing points like this are a rarity in the world and should be preserved

for future generations to enjoy. They are a thing of beauty much like an old

tree or waterfall.

Please, before any new construction takes place, take the necessary precautions

to study the effects of what you are doing. At the very least, conduct studies

to determine if your marina breakwall will adversely effect the surfing wave,

and if so, change the design to prevent this from happening.

I am also concerned about other construction projects on the island, including

rock-dredging and a future promenade at Jardim do Mar, as well as the future

sea wall extension at Paul do Mar. Please, before any more work is undertaken

at these locations, study the effects they will have on the waves there. If

you take these small steps in the right direction, the world will thank you.

Sincerely,

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