The Municipality of Jounie prohibited the construction of a 3,400 square meters floating island along the coast. The floating island is meant to be a massive resort containing a beach resort, hotel, gym, nightclub, restaurant, and sporting activities. The Mayor of Jounieh rejected the floating island because Jounieh does not have the infrastructural capability to accommodate the expected high number of guests and for environmental reasons. In fact, there was no clear waste and sewage management plan for the proposed structure.
Artificial islands are not a new phenomenon in the Middle East. In the past 10 years, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE have constructed islands that have proven very problematic for the marine environment; the massive amount of sand and rocks used in their construction has buried coral and damaged significant parts of the marine ecosystem.