— He’s become known as Italy’s Robinson Crusoe after spending more than 30 years as the only resident of an idyllic island off the coast of Sardinia.
But Mauro Morandi is bidding goodbye to his small hut on the Island of Budelli after regional authorities repeatedly threatened him with eviction.
The 81-year-old, who has actually been living on the island given that 1989, announced his departure in a message on his Facebook page on Sunday.
” I’m going to leave,” he composed, adding that he hoped “Budelli will be secured as I have actually provided for 32 years.” He likewise stated he was “really p *** ed off” about the situation.
The previous teacher ended up on the spectacular pink atoll while trying to sail from Italy to Polynesia.
He’s formerly informed how he was quickly mesmerized by the place and decided to remain, taking over from the island’s former caretaker a short time after arriving.
Nevertheless, the caretaker role became defunct when La Maddalena’s National Park took control of ownership of Budelli in 2015.
Morandi has actually since invested years wrangling with officials, who state he has no legal right to be there now, and fighting against plans to restyle his house into an ecological observatory.
Farewell to paradise
Mauro Morandi has actually been living on the Island of Budelli given that 1989. Courtesy Mauro Morandi
” I’m prepared to do all I can to remain here, even if that suggests they’ll have to drag me away,” he informed Travel in Italian in 2015.
” I wouldn’t know where else to go live, definitely not back home in the north, nor what to do– this is my life. I just don’t see myself playing cards or bowls.”
Morandi also admitted that he was worried about the future of the location he’s so increasingly safeguarded for 32 years.
“Simply recently I repelled 2 tourists who were trespassing on the off-limits pink beach,” he stated.
“I clean up the rubbish off the sand and stop intruders from coming here to do mayhem in the evening. Reality is, I’m the only one who has so far looked after Budelli, doing the security job that the park authorities should do”.
While he’s gotten plenty of assistance from well wishers and an online petition t o keep him on the island has reached over 70,000 signatures, Morandi has now accepted his time there is up.
But it appears he won’t be going far evaluating from his Facebook post.
“You’ll still see my photos from another location, Sardinia is all lovely,” he wrote.
In January 2020, La Maddalena Park president Fabrizio Fonnesu informed that authorities had no option however to “step in versus all unlawful constructions inside the park,” consisting of Mauro’s hut.
“No one wishes to chase him away, but what title does he need to stay given that the island is no longer private?,” Fonnesu said.
“If in future there is the requirement to have a caretaker, we might reconsider his position, but when the works will start he needs to leave.”