05 March 2014 19:00

Ayia Napa municipality has launched a plan to restore the identity of the town's fishing harbour in collaboration with local property owners in order to offer foreign and local visitors a better experience.
Plans include two sculptures - one dedicated to fishermen and a mermaid.
Ayia Napa mayor Yiannis Karousos said that the town has been selected to participate in a European programme with a €380,000 budget to reconstruct fishing shelters and stressed that in recent years the harbour had been avoided by visitors.
"Certain works have already begun and will continue until the project is completed, to restore the traditional character of the municipality's fishing harbour by constructing two sculptures.
"The first will be a fisherman's monument, dedicated to the fishermen of Ayia Napa and which will become a reference point and the other is a mermaid," Karousos continued.
The mayor also explained that the project will involve other constructions such as sundials, a two to three-metre-high anchor, benches and various other works, while advertising kiosks in Ayia Napa squares will be removed.
Boats will be purchased for landscaping purposes around the harbour, two piers will be illuminated and the facet of shops and shelters will be improved with the construction of a single canopy.
Karousos explained that "the shops around the harbour take up six metres of public space in the square and the owners have agreed to demolish the illegal constructions.
"The municipality has presented the shop owners with a plan according to which a unified canopy will be constructed in order to achieve uniformity in the area."
Some of the works are already underway while tenders will be announced in the next few days for the entire project.
Construction works on the unified canopy are expected to start in November.
Ayia Napa mayor noted that the municipality has asked the Fisheries Department at the Ministry of Agriculture to restore order within the harbour, as separate areas must be allocated for big recreational boats and smaller fishing boats.
"We have requested that the recreational boats are transferred for docking in the southern pier so that the northern pier is reserved only for fishing boats in order to attribute the space with a traditional character," Karousos explained.
He went on to say that the Fisheries Department is moving forward with the construction of an artificial reef in the Pernera area according to the plan as promised, while Ayia Napa municipality has requested permission from the government to sink an available ship.
"In the next few days we will know whether the government will grant us the ship or whether it will go ahead with the construction of an artificial reef," he concluded.


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