Poetto is the town beach of Cagliari, the largest and most populous urban centre of Island of Sardinia.
This beach has always been the flagship of the city. People could enter the crystal clear water and walk the thin white sand for tens of meters, without sinking below their ankles.
If we leave aside discussions on how the illegaly built kiosks destroyed the beach surroundings and actually killed the seabord (common discussed in Cagliari), we will see anger, dissapointment and resignation of the people of Cagliari when they look at what used to be their beach. Generations of citizens that were lucky enough to see the ancient beauty of Poetto are now only guardians of memories of the place that doesnt exist no more and never will.
Along the 8 kilometers and more of dark sand, currently, disharmonic beach resorts alternate with crumbling structures abandoned to themselves. Few years ago, furthermore, an unscrupulous attempt, trying to restore the old fine white sand typical of the beach, has changed color and grain size of the strand creating a coast made by dark and very coarse sand.
After over hundred years long history, the incompetence, immobility and blindness of the authorities refusing to create an organic and farsighted project, as well as the negligence and carelessness of citizens who are as responsible as the authorities are, Poetto sinks to the lowest level of its existence.
In May 2013, the City of Cagliari opened public tender for refurbishment of Poetto seaside. Works began in February 2014 and were scheduled to end in July 2015. It is February 2016. now and works are still ongoing.
I wonder if new generation people can ever enjoy the Poetto in its former glory.