"<p style=\\"text-align: justify;\\"><strong><span style=\\"color: #111111; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;\\">'Venice doesn't have a chance at the moment': Locals struggle to save tourist-heavy city after historic floods.<\\\/span><\\\/strong><\\\/p>\\r\\n\\r\\n[caption id=\\"attachment_19860\\" align=\\"alignnone\\" width=\\"457\\"]<img class=\\"wp-image-19860 size-full\\" src=\\"http:\\\/\\\/www.adhocnews.it\\\/wp-content\\\/uploads\\\/2019\\\/11\\\/venezia1.jpg\\" alt=\\"'Venice doesn't have a chance at the moment': Locals struggle to save tourist-heavy city after historic floods. Venice struggle\\" width=\\"457\\" height=\\"305\\" \\\/> One of only four oar makers for Venice\\u2019s famed gondoliers, Paolo Brandolisio wades through his ground-floor workshop for the third time in a week of record-breaking floods, despairing of any help from national or local institutions.<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cIf these phenomena continue to repeat themselves, you have to think about how to defend yourself,\\u201d he says. \\u201cBecause the defenses that the politicians have made don\\u2019t seem to be nearly enough.\\u201d<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cYou have to think of yourself,\\u201d he repeats.<br \\\/>\\r\\nVenetians are fed up with what they see as inadequate responses to the city\\u2019s mounting problems: record-breaking flooding, environmental and safety threats from cruise ship traffic and the burden on services from over-tourism.<br \\\/>\\r\\nThey feel largely left to their own devices, with ever-fewer Venetians living in the historic part of the city to defend its interests and keep it from becoming mainly a tourist domain.<br \\\/>\\r\\nSan Marco square remains covered in flood water days after the second highest tide since 1966 on November 15, 2019 in Venice, Italy.<br \\\/>\\r\\nVittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images<br \\\/>\\r\\nThe historic flooding this week \\u2014 marked by three floods over 1.5 meters (nearly 5 feet) and the highest in 53 years at 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1 inch) \\u2014 has sharpened calls to create an administration that recognizes the uniqueness of Venice, for both its concentration of treasures and its increasing vulnerability.<br \\\/>\\r\\nFlood damage has been estimated at hundreds of millions of euros (dollars), but the true scope will only become clear with time. Architectural masterpieces like St. Mark\\u2019s Cathedral still need to be fully inspected and damaged manuscripts from the Music Conservatory library treated by experts \\u2014 not to mention the personal losses suffered by thousands of residents and businesses.<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cI feel ashamed,\\u201d said Fabio Moretti, the president of Venice\\u2019s historic Academy of Fine Arts that was once presided over by Tiepolo and Canova. \\u201cThese places are left in our custody. They don\\u2019t belong to us. They belong to humanity. It is a heritage that needs to be preserved.\\u201d<br \\\/>\\r\\nThe frustration goes far beyond the failure to complete and activate 78 underwater barriers that were designed to prevent just the kind of damage that Venice has endured this week. With the system not yet completed or even partially tested after 16 years of work and 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) invested, many are skeptical it will even work.<br \\\/>\\r\\n<strong>The latest:\\u00a0<\\\/strong>Venice hit with a historic third major flood in less than a week<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cThis is a climate emergency. This is sick governance of the city,\\u201d said Jane Da Mosto, an environmental scientist and executive director of the NGO \\u201cWe Are Here Venice,\\u201d whose aim it is to keep Venice a living city as opposed to a museum or theme park.<br \\\/>\\r\\nBrandolisio, the oar builder, sees systemic lapses in the official response, including the failure of local authorities to organize services immediately for those in need, an absence filled by volunteers. That included both a network of students who helped clear out waterlogged property for those in need and professionals like water-taxi drivers who offered transport during the emergency.<br \\\/>\\r\\nFor now, he is taking matters into his own hands.<br \\\/>\\r\\nTo protect his bottega where he not only makes oars but carves ornamental oar posts for gondolas or as sculpture, Brandolisio said he will have to consider raising the floor by at least 20 centimeters and buying a pump \\u2014 precautions he never previously deemed necessary.<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cI think I will lose at least two or three weeks of work,\\u201d he said. \\u201cI will have to dry everything. Lots of things fell into the water, so I need to clean all the tools that can get rusty. I need to take care of wood that got wet, which I can\\u2019t use because it cannot be glued.\\u201d<br \\\/>\\r\\n<strong>'We were amazed':\\u00a0<\\\/strong>Venice tourist recounts flooding inside hotel, resilience of the city<br \\\/>\\r\\nAt the public level, proposals for better administering the city including granting some level of autonomy to Venice, already enjoyed by some Italian regions like Trentino-Alto-Adige with its German-speaking minority, or offering tax breaks to encourage Venice\\u2019s repopulation.<br \\\/>\\r\\nJust 53,000 people live in the historic part of the city that tourists know as Venice, down by a third from a generation ago and dropping by about 1,000 people a year. The population of the lagoon islands \\u2014 including glass-making Murano and the Lido beach destination \\u2014 is just under 30,000, and dwindling too.<br \\\/>\\r\\nThat means fewer people watching the neighborhood, monitoring for public maintenance issues or neighbors in need. Many leave because of the increased expense or the daily difficulties in living in a city of canals, which can make even a simple errand a minor odyssey.<br \\\/>\\r\\nActivists also say local politicians are more beholden to the city\\u2019s mainland population, which has jumped to 180,000 people not directly affected, for the most part, by the same issues as the lagoon dwellers.<br \\\/>\\r\\nThey are pushing for passage of a referendum on Dec. 1 that would give the historic center and islands their own administration, separate from that serving more populous Mestre and the industrial port of Marghera. Those areas were annexed to Venice by the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, and not necessarily a natural fit.<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cIt is precisely because we also have a climate emergency that this kind of thing is more important,\\u201d Da Mosto said.<br \\\/>\\r\\n\\u201cThe only thing we can do for the climate is to prepare. That requires appropriate policies and investments and responsible engineering. And because the political context of Venice is so wrong, Venice doesn\\u2019t have a chance at the moment.\\u201d[\\\/caption]\\r\\n\\r\\n<p> <\\\/p>\\r\\n<p>Leggi anche:\\u00a0<a href=\\"http:\\\/\\\/www.adhocnews.it\\\/litalia-tra-le-ultime-in-classifica-per-linglese\\\/\\">http:\\\/\\\/www.adhocnews.it\\\/litalia-tra-le-ultime-in-classifica-per-linglese\\\/<\\\/a><\\\/p>"