Construction of the pier :

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       In several initial projects, access to the sea was planned via a canal linking the water bodies of Port-Grimaud to the Giscle. However, to avoid a long transit time, but also in view of the risk of flooding the town in the event of high water, and with the authorisation of the Maritime Affairs, the passage was made through the beach, at the level of the Place du 14 Juin. Thus the architect, thanks to this direct access to the sea, added 14 km to the French coastline...

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Premier ground plan :

       On the first mass plan of the section along the beach, one can discover a site planned for a yacht club, the fueling station, a small harbour for the hotel and a children's day-care center in the centre of the 14th of June square...
       The sea trip was planned on the Giscle...

plan de masse entree canal de Port Grimaud
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The first pear :

       Between December 1966 and February 1968, while the architect was working on what was to become his lake city, the beach receded by 20 to 25 metres!!!
       François SPOERRY decided, on the advice of the Ponts et Chaussées engineers of the time, to build a jetty that would neutralise the action of the wind and sea and hold back the sand...
       The work was entrusted to the SPADA team of specialists from Nice led by Maurice CARUSO, and began on 15 March 1968.

       They started with an experimental cob that would serve as a base for the future pier. It was straight.

1ere jetee a PORT GRIMAUD

       Opened at the beginning of the summer of 1968 for the pleasure of the first owners and summer visitors, the channel was closed from mid-October 1968 to the spring of 1969 in order to extend the pier with a curved breakwater.
       Once this single groin was completed, the shoreline was fully stabilised and the beach on its northern side (PG1 beach) was seen to be growing.
       The beach at PG2 will serve as a sand trap.

The curved pier :

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2 projets d'aménagement de sortie sur la mer...

       The jetty was redesigned to protect the Port Grimaud waterfront from seawater ingress in strong easterly winds, hence its new curved shape...

construction de la jetee Port Grimaud

       Once completed, this pier remains one of the technical curiosities of the lake city with its characteristic shape.
       The jetty along the mouth of the Giscle also had to take on a curved but opposite shape to respect the new direction of the Giscle and to align itself with that of the Marines de Cogolin...

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Aerial view of Port Grimaud in 1970

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Aerial view of Port Grimaud in 1974

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Aerial view of Port Grimaud in 1980
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The Harbour Master's Office :

       The Capitainerie of PG1 was a necessity to accommodate all the boats wanting to stay in the city. It is located to the right of the entrance pass and at the beginning of the curved spur. It was built in the same style as the rest of the city: Provençal, uncluttered, discreet and yet very visible.
       At the beginning of the century, the current president of the Port Grimaud 1 ASP wanted to modify it by enlarging its surface area and by raising it with a glass post like an airport control tower. Modifications that were too modern and too important for the lakeside town! Fortunately, this grandiose project was not retained!

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Construction of the Capitainerie

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La Capitainerie, in 2003, a small building with a typical Provencal look.


       Ces jetées et épis réalisés à l'époque pour faciliter la sortie des bateaux en mer et la stabilisation du sable, ont joué leur rôle jusqu'au alentours des années 2000 / 2010.
       Unfortunately, the Giscle River floods became more numerous, transporting more sand which, during high tide, was deposited in front of the small beach of PG2 and the entrance channel. A dune of 30,000m3 was formed, requiring regular annual dredging of this channel... (See the page about ENSABLEMENT)

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  the work of François SPOERRY...

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