Venice has issued a ban on kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and more, which will be effective from Sunday, March 1st.
This ban will harm the activities of several groups.
All of these groups, together with the Italian Federation for Canoe and Kayak (FICK) and other organisations are trying in various ways to counter this blanket bans of most paddle crafts in Venice.
A lot of discussion is going on the Facebook group called Salviamo Venezia andando a remi e pagaie.
Most of the discussion is in Italian, but it is open for all interested parties. I try to put in something in English every once in a while, but I’m neither the creator nor an administrator of the group.
There’s a petition on change.org asking for the new regulations to be recalled.
At the time of writing it is approaching 2000 signatures, and you can all give us a hand by heading over there to sign.
The local kayaking association Arcobaleno has initiated a legal challenge to the new regulation banning kayaks and canoes in Venice.
Arcobaleno is one of the oldest kayaking clubs in the wider Venice area, and they have been active for many many years.
A Paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up to collect funds for the legal battle ahead. The needs aren’t huge, all in all around €3000 will be needed, but it is more than the club and its supporters have.
Even contributions of €5, €10 or €20 will be a help in the fight to keep Venice open for paddlers.