Franković: ”I Don’t Think Srđ Golf Project Will Happen, Dubrovnik Will Plan What Goes Up There”

Lauren Simmonds

The much talked about golf project for Mount Srđ appears to be stagnating, and according to Franković, it seems it will likely never come to fruition.

The suggested golf project on the top of Mount Srđ, the place which signifies not only the victory of Dubrovnik during the Homeland War after the city was brutally attacked by the JNA in a mindless and shameful siege, but serves as a top tourist attraction for visitors from all around the globe, appears to be in the throes of death – or is it?

Many citizens of Dubrovnik had an issue with the idea of a golf park being constructed on the rugged mountain which towers over Dubrovnik. Srđ is home to not only some of the most incredible views in the country, but the Napoleonic Fort Imperijal, which houses the Homeland War Museum, a tribute to all those who risked and often lost their lives, and at best, their health, defending the Pearl of the Adriatic from the primitive attack launched by the Yugoslav People’s Army during the 1990’s.

Owing to Srđ’s deep significance for the City of Dubrovnik, this location has been the subject of fierce debate ever since talks of creating a golf park there began several years ago.

As Dubrovacki Dnevnik writes on the 20th of February, 2018, at a press conference held today on his praiseworthy ”Respect the City” initiative, Dubrovnik’s mayor Mato Franković focused on the topic of the construction of a golf park on Srđ.

”My opinion is that this project will not happen. In future, the City of Dubrovnik will be the master of this area and will plan what will be up there. The long-standing legal process that will take place will give the final answer,” Mayor Franković said at a journalist’s question on whether or not he will go an official visit to the United States because of the talks about the golf project on Srđ, to which he responded by stating that was not the reason for the trip.

“In America, I’ll meet with the president of Cruise Lines International Association and representatives of Carnivals, whose cruises bring the most guests to Dubrovnik,” Franković explained.

To quickly recall the basics of the controversial golf idea, the complex project on Srđ was given the green light once again. Namely, the competent ministry approved a new environmental impact study because the old one was abolished by the administrative court.


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