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Ayia Napa off limits February 29, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Ayia Napa, Cyprus News.
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The Mayor of Ayia Napa, a popular tourist resort in southeastern Cyprus, has called for a year-round ban on British troops based on the island following a string of violent incidents in the area involving soldiers.

The move came after nine British soldiers were charged with smashing up a bar and attacking locals. “Under the circumstances we believe it would be better if we declare the whole of Ayia Napa off limits to British soldiers from the bases,” Mayor Nakis Tsokkos said.

Ayia Napa sets sights on new marina September 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Cyprus, Cyprus Ayia Napa, Cyprus News.
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Ayia Napa is aiming to build a recreational marina in a bid to promote tourism in the area and bring a different range of visitors to the village.

According to the consortium, which comprises of private companies as well as the Famagusta Chamber of Commerce, the marina is to be built in the Louma area close to the Ayia Thekla church. The marina is set to hold a capacity of 600 boats of which 360 will be on the water and 240 will be docked on the pier.

Despite the relatively small size of the marina, officials are planning to extend the area and also construct buildings for various administrations such as police, customs, fire services as well as a warehouse for boats and a large parking space for cars.

Apartments overlooking the marina are also planned, as well as a futsal pitch, tennis court, shops, restaurants, swimming pools, a cinema and other recreational facilities, said Famagusta Chamber of Commerce secretary Iacovos Hadjivarnavas.

Yesterday, the consortium, which is aiming to secure government approval by next year, held a meeting at the Ayia Napa Municipality. Ayia Napa Mayor Antonis Tsokkos said that the government is still in the process of sorting out similar plans for the marina in Limassol but that he was hopeful that the new Ayia Napa marina plans will be next on the table.

“At this moment in time, the consortium is in discussions with the government and nothing has been signed yet”, he said. “The government is currently looking at the Limassol marina and we hope that the work for the Ayia Napa marina will be signed by some time next summer.”

Speaking about the impact the new marina would have on tourism in the area, he added, “The consortium’s aim for the new marina is a vision that is shared by the Municipality and it is a great chance for us to bring different ranges of tourism to the area for all seasons.”