Cyprus Mail

Shacolas defends Limni development

THE CYPRUS Limni Resorts and GolfCourses Plc, responsible for the Limni resort near Polis has hit back after a warning from the auditor general that Cyprus is at risk of being fined by the European Commission.

Scheduled to be built next to the Polis-Yialis turtle beach, an EU designated protected area part of Natura 2000, Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides last week sent a letter to the interior and agriculture ministries asking them to take action.

The company however, owned by Shacolas Group, denies that it has violated any rules saying “all necessary studies, required by the European Union and national environmental legislation have been prepared with the highest standards, and approved after proper and objective evaluation by the competent authorities. “

In a statement emailed to the Cyprus Mail it said it will be sending clarifications to the European Commission, confident that it will have its consent.

Having come under fire by environmentalists that the project will affect the breeding grounds, the company said it was “taking into account the importance of the biotope of sea turtle Caretta caretta.”

Citing the Costa Navarinoa development resort NATURA 2000 area, hosting sea turtles, in Peloponnese Greece as a good example, the company said “the distance of the buildings from the coast line is 70 metres and the capacity of the project 4000 beds. In comparison, the distance of the buildings of the Limni Bay resort from the coast line will be much longer, 200 metres.”

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