Franjo Pašalić, director of Marina Frapa in Rogoznica, stated that the opening of the marina in Gruž will be postponed due to Croatian bureaucracy, reported Slobodna Dalmacija on May 30th, 2017.
“It will be great if we open in September, but I’m not getting my hopes up. We’re having problems with HEP and hundreds of other administrative issues. Owing to the Croatian bureaucracy and those who make their living off of me, the marina will not be opened this season,” said Pašalić bitterly.
Back in 2012, Franjo Pašalić’s company Laguna Trade was selected as the concessionaire of 54,427 square meters in Gruž bay, including the waters and part of the Lapad coast for a period of 30 years. The process was slowed down by the administrative dispute launched by Luka Dubrovnik d.d. and the trading company Atlant Marina d.o.o. The situation was finally resolved in favour of Pašalić’s company, but apparently, his troubles did not end there.
Less than two months ago, they announced the opening of a nautical centre in Dubrovnik by the end of July this year, and also spoke about the centre getting a lot of interest from potential future employees. Around 20 job vacancies for the positions of director, captain, sailor, guard and receptionist were announced in February. “We’ve already hired 15 people and we will be hiring 30 more, but what can we say? Your ancestors have built Dubrovnik, and I will build something nice, permanent and as significant as the Walls. That’s why I do not want to do a bad job. I’m happy with the project, which I am personally in charge of; even with all the architects at work, I decide on every detail, but I am constantly encumbered by the bureaucracy. If only the former mayor had given me permission for just 100 square meters of extra space, we would have a place for a sailor and a cleaner,” said Pašalić
Only the reception area is being built according to the plan. Pašalić said the investment will cost him 10 million euro, and the project of a marina with 220 berths for yachts up to 40 meters in length is setting high expectations already. His Marina Frapa in Rogoznica had about 55 million kuna in revenue last year.
Spatial planning of the Lapad coast, including the communal port and the faculty building, will be paid by the citizens of Dubrovnik. In a 2017 budget proposal, which did not obtain the required majority of votes in the City Council, former mayor Andro Vlahušić foresaw an investment of 18 million kuna for the planning. The amount was supposed to cover the road expansion with walkways on both sides of the road, new parking spaces, construction of the necessary infrastructure and landscaping.
The project is now awaiting the constitution of a new local government and a new budget proposal.
The Batala port is being repurposed and renovated to house the local vessels which have been moored in the area of the future marina.