City of Šibenik to Eager to Begin Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin Island

Daniela Rogulj

August 20, 2019 – The Croatian Coral Center project on the island of Zlarin off Šibenik is worth over 24 million kuna.

The City of Šibenik has thus opened a public procurement procedure for the renovation of the Šare and Kažerma houses with an access road, as part of the Zlarin Croatian Coral Center project. The estimated value is HRK 8,193,109.40, excluding VAT, reports HRTurizam.

This investment will form the infrastructure backbone of the Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin, and will form the basis for the sustainable use of natural heritage and more efficient management of visitors to the island of Zlarin and the surrounding area, the City of Šibenik said.

Four floors of the Kažerma house with a total area of 452.98 m2 will be renovated, as well as three floors of the Šare house, with a total net area of 204.52 m2. Additionally, a courtyard between these houses of 87.50 m2 will serve as a presentation and educational center. A road will be reconstructed, which leads from the coast to the houses and physically connects them.

The project to establish the Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin involves the renovation of the Šare and Kažerma houses. The Kažerma house will function as a showroom with a permanent display that will include an ecosystem display and protected species of the Šibenik archipelago, the Zlarin coral tradition, and a library with scientific works and poetry by Vesna Parun. The entire permanent exhibition will be equipped with modern technologies such as augmented reality, kinetic figures, and other audiovisual attractions. The Šare house will be transformed into an educational research center with an amphitheater and accommodation units for researchers and scientists.

The project will also establish a system for monitoring the movement of visitors, carry out monitoring of coralligenous biocenosis, purchase electric vessels and vehicles for the transportation of visitors, create a set of unique souvenirs of the Croatian Coral Center Zlarin, conduct training on the functionality of the center for staff of the center and partners, develop educational and tourist programs, and develop the brand of the future center.

The project will also work on exploring the sea of Šibenik-Knin County with an emphasis on corals, as well as educating tourism staff about the importance of the sites themselves. The total value of the project is HRK 24,127,147.50.

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