By Bejay Browne
A SUPREME Court hearing concerning a proposed marina in Paphos was wrapped up on Tuesday but the decision was reserved.
According to the head of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce, Andreas Demetriades, he doesn’t expect a judgment to be issued for a couple of months.
Paphos has long campaigned for a marina as it promises to attract high spenders and quality tourism.
Demetriades said that the construction of the marina, which has been plagued by litigation, is imperative for the economy and tourist product of the coastal town and will create many new jobs.
“The project has been frozen since litigation began after the project was awarded in 2008 and the marina development is a very important and crucial project for Paphos. This is not least due to Paphos’ geographical position, and the demand already shown for the facility is great,” he said.
The chamber head noted that following the announcement of the tender for the project in 2007, it was awarded to the Leptos Group in 2008. However, the other two consortiums who had bid for the project challenged the award, at various stages, and it has since been in limbo.
“The litigation process has already gone before the tenders appeal board, then the Supreme Court (which has two levels) it is now at the highest level of the supreme court- the final stage- where the case is being heard in front of three to five judges,” Demetriades said.
According to Demetriades, the Supreme Court had, after an appeal, revoked a decision of the Tenders Review Authority and ratified an initial tender decision. That Supreme Court decision was then appealed and is pending.
If the marina is finally built, it will have a capacity of 1,000 berths for boats and would be located in the bay of Potimon in Kissonerga in an area 155,000 square metres. The project will take approximately three years to be completed.