Resistance of residents against the construction of a marina in Vela Luka

first_imgWhat is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad? – ask the residents of Vela Luka who rebelled against the construction of the marina in Vela Luka and launched a petition asking for an urgent suspension of the construction of the marina within the project of building the Port of Nautical Tourism.Namely, a year ago, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County signed a concession agreement with the director of Ovalis Nova doo Ivo Šegon from Vela Luka, by which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County gives the concession holder the right to use the special purpose port – nautical tourism port – marina in Vela Luka. . On the same occasion, the director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority, Boris Žuvela, signed a contract with the representative of the concessionaire, Ivo Šegon, for the execution of works on public infrastructure./ / / SIGNED HRK 47 MILLION CONTRACT SIGNED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARINA IN VELA LUKAThe group of citizens of Vela Luka who initiated the petition believe that the construction of the marina is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that the project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Also, they believe that the construction of the marina on the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily the actual physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development of the place.The group of citizens of Vela Luka who are behind the petition point out that they are not against the construction of the marina, but against the construction on the current location.We are transmitting the text of the petition in its entiretyWe believe that the construction of a “parking lot” on the sea in the bay of Vela Luka within the project of construction of the Port of Nautical Tourism, is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that this project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Vela Luka is a port for all its inhabitants who must be involved in making decisions about interventions in the area, and especially those that will permanently change the appearance of the bay. In the case of this project, the population is mostly exempt and therefore other facts (which are listed below) are completely opposed to the construction of LNT Vela Luka at the selected location relating to the sea coastal zone from Šimet (English) bridge to the current ferry port on Badu.This space – with a clean and open view of the mythical Ošjak – is the foundation of the identity of our sung bay. This area is a favorite promenade of Vela Luka residents and visitors and a beautiful bay with three city beaches that have been here since Vela Luka. In that area, Vela Luka was created and developed to this day. What is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad?Insight into the study of this project, we are of the opinion that the construction and loading of Vela Luka aquatorium with nautical tourism port capacities at the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily real physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development.The study commissioned by the project investor, LNT Vela Luka, from Interkonzalting doo states that the landscape, ie the appearance of the location will be permanently changed by building and using this project, but given the economic benefits that the project should bring to the Municipality, it is considered acceptable .However, nowhere is there a visual study, model or photomontage showing this permanent change of landscape, even though it is over 5 meters high objects and closing the only view that the bay has towards the open sea. On what basis, then, is it estimated that it pays to intervene so aggressively in the space and permanently change the view of the place if it has not been tested at all, as it will ultimately look like in the area of ​​Vela Luka?The same study deals with the ecological aspect of the impact of the project. The analysis of the impact of the project on the seabed and the associated biocenosis identified negative environmental impacts. Negative impacts on seawater quality and ecological diversity were observed. Such influences have been ignored, although 90 percent of tourists visiting Croatia in a survey conducted by the Institute of Tourism rated the clear sea as the main motive for coming to Croatia. Without a visible assessment, it was concluded that all these negative impacts are acceptable in relation to the economic aspect of the project. Despite the fact that the waters of Vela Luka, its protected and strictly protected species, habitats and bottoms, have been declared an area of ​​personal interest of the Municipality of Vela Luka, the Republic of Croatia and the EU, permits have been issued.No chapter of the LNT Vela Luka study deals with this economic aspect, nor is the company Interkonzalting economically profiled. To date, no other economic study is publicly available or does not exist. Following the above, we are of the opinion that this is a possible profit of a small number of legal and natural persons, to the detriment of today’s and future generations of Vela Luka residents.The study does not include comparisons with similar examples in Croatia and the world, despite the factor that should not be excluded in the case of this study, and refers to the specifics of the bay and the location of the project in the bay itself. The location of the project is 7 km inside the bay at the end of which silt is deposited. Despite the legal regulations that require the construction of nautical tourism ports to be carried out in locations that ensure flow, this is a project in almost the narrowest area of ​​the bay. U the study states the solution for access parking LNT Vela Luka, which refers to 40 places in a location hitherto unknown to the public. There is no assessment of the possibility or consequences of building such a parking lot in Vela Luka, if such a thing is feasible at all, given that the problem of parking in the place is already present and it hinders the development and implementation of strategic projects of the Municipality. Considering all the above and other irregularities and considering that the residents of Vela Luka have so far been mostly excluded from the process of consideration and adoption of the LNT Vela Luka project by the competent institutions and the Municipality of Vela Luka, mostly due to the non-transparency of the project itself, ie the lack of public presentation of the same and its long-term effects, we request an urgent stoppage of works at the current location of the construction of the 1st phase of LNT Vela Luka.PETITION: Petition for URGENT stoppage of works of LNT Vela Luka at the current location Luka candlelast_img

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