Political Parties in Split React to the Decision to Cover Newly Found Priceless Archaeological Site

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Why can’t they cover it up with thick glass like they did in Zadar?  Members of HSLS are asking.

New archaeological discovery in Split which Total Croatia News reported on yesterday is causing quite a stir in this Croatian city. The decision to preserve and fill up the site and then build a taxi stand and a bus stop over it is now finally getting some kind of a reaction from otherwise dormant opposition parties and on April 20, 2016, HSLS decided to send an open letter to mayor Baldasar.

Here is the entire letter

There aren’t too many cities in the world whose residents can brag about the fact that they live in a city founded by an emperor 1700 years ago. Or so we thought until a few days ago when blocks were discovered around the Tourist palace dating all the way back to the Hellenic period! This is a spectacular discovery for Split, one that will make us re-write the entire history of our city. Do we even realize what kind of a discovery we are dealing with here?

Our mayor Baldasar, who is supposed to be a tourism professional, and Radoslav Bužančić, head of the Conservation department obviously don’t realize its importance. These gentlemen said: “The archaeological site will have to be filled, after detailed protection, because we have to build a taxi stand over it!?” – Saint Domnius, bless anyone who can understand this logic.

HSLS in Split cannot fathom why our Mayor, top level tourism expert, cannot see the incredible potential and millions of stories that lie in this archaeological site? It can’t be because of the good old method “promise everything and anything for an extra vote or two” so that a thousand flowers and petty private interests can flourish. This raises a question what else is hidden in the papers inside the City hall and what kind of “crime novels” will the public be able to read after this city administration leaves the building next year?!

HSLS is suggesting that this archaeological site is preserved and covered with thick glass or fenced without any glass covers if the first suggestion is too expensive. Zadar did the same thing and it would allow tourists to see where the history of our town was born! Mayor, one block in this site is worth more than your entire precious so-called Tourist palace.

Can our city officials try and come up with an alternative solution for a taxi stand? There are a few nearby anyway. This is shameful for Split, it seems as if we are ashamed of our past, past that could be even richer because of this new archaeological finding while we are filling it to make room for a taxi stand, Is there an end to unpleasant surprises from our City Hall? – the HSLS open letter states.

As novelists would say, the plot thickens….





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