Cyprus Mail

Larnaca tries to deal with Mackenzie beach ‘headache’

By Evie Andreou

LARNACA municipality plans to sort out the chaos that exists with the management of public property along the Mackenzie beachfront.

The area is reportedly costing the municipality dearly and was debated at a recent meeting of the town’s council, which subsequently circulated a list with the names of the establishments that do not pay rent or have illegally taken up public or green spaces in the area.

The popular beach front has been managed by the municipality since December 2012 when it signed a lease agreement with the interior ministry for the plots used for parking and the recreation area.

The municipality, which is subletting the plots, is paying rent to the interior ministry but it was reported that they do not receive any rent from some of the establishments.

A source at the municipality told the Cyprus Mail that most managers of establishments have settled their debts and that the authority is in the process of updating contracts dating back the 1980s. Some insist they continue to pay rent based on the rate agreed in their initial contracts.

“That is not fair to the rest of the establishments,” the source said.

Furthermore, many establishments have set up kiosks or tents, used mainly in the summer, which are illegal since they take up public space.

“We are trying to keep a balance. We recognise that the businesses have invested a lot of money to erect them and we see that in the summer they attract a lot of people there, so it is an issue that we still don’t know how to handle yet. It will take a lot of discussion and planning to come up with a solution,” the source said.

The municipality has also called on all the managers whose establishments do not have building permits to submit their architectural plans for the process to begin to secure one.

“Mackenzie has put Larnaca on the map again. We want to fix all irregularities and help it grow,” the source said.

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