Split mayor calling for wider powers for his city.
Mayor of Split Ivo Baldasar, accompanied by his party leader and Croatian prime minister Zoran Milanović, officially opened the promenade in front of the Ambassador Hotel, reports Dalmacijanews on October 31, 2015.
“During the term of mayor Željko Kerum, the first part of the promenade was done, and we have now completed the project. We still have nine meters of promenade to finish, but due to the county concession issue it must be done as a separate project, but we will finish that in the next two months so that the entire West Waterfront, 120 metres in length, will be completed. I do not think there is another city with such a promenade, given that we can walk around the entire Marjan hill, and there are plans for the promenade to reach as far as Stobreč. We will do it in the next year, in cooperation with Eko-Kaštelanski Zaljev, Vodovod and Hrvatske Vode. In total, we have already paid 13.5 million kuna including value-added tax, and these nine meters will cost additional 3.5 million kuna, so the final cost will be around 17 million kuna”, said the Split mayor, who also confirmed that in the future large yachts will be stationed at the West Waterfront.
The next big project in Split should be the East Waterfront. “Yes, I am just waiting for the future Croatian government, which will actually be the same government with a new term in office, to give Split the powers of a major city and then we will solve the issues with the county. I am not saying that the county is making problems, on the contrary, they are our partners, but I think that the City of Split should have its own powers. I hope that in the next term of this government we will be given powers of a major city and a county”, Baldasar said and explained what is happening with the construction of the new Ambassador Hotel.
“The hotel has a location permit, they have received maritime concession from the county, and I hope they will soon apply for a building permit. I believe that it will go as fast as possible, all the conditions are here so that the construction can begin in the new year”, Baldasar concluded.