Plans to build a Paphos marina have run up against a wall of legal complications and no action can be taken until the issue is cleared, Tourism Minister George Lakkotrypis has said.
Paphos has long campaigned for a marina as it looks to attract higher net worth visitors.
But the minister’s message, contained in a letter sent to Paphos mayor and chairman of a coordinating committee of parties and other bodies Savvas Vergas, would indicate that the town should brace for a long wait.
Dated May 14, the letter says that since the project is subject to legal appeals in the Supreme Court, the ministry’s hands are tied.
According to the letter, the Supreme Court had after an appeal revoked a decision of the Tenders Review Authority and ratified an initial tender decision.
“That Supreme Court decision was appealed. And it is still pending before them,” he added.
Lakkotrypis also said that the Attorney General has advised him that pending the legal procedures, the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism was not authorised to proceed with any action related to the marina of Paphos.
Vergas said the letter basically confirms that the Paphos marina issue is ‘on ice’ for an indefinite time frame.