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Coral Bay kiosks finally going to tender

Coral Bay, Peyia

TWO kiosks at Coral Bay in Paphos, due to open at the start of April have finally gone to tender, following months of hold ups as the audit office continued to examine a number of instances of mismanagement.
These were highlighted in Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides’ annual report last year, though allegations of mismanagement by the local authorities go back a number of years, according to Peyia councillor, Linda Leblanc.
However, following the latest move by the audit office, Peyia municipality has now published a call for tenders regarding the two kiosks serving Coral Bay beach and the deadline for interested parties is May 9, she said.
“We have already had around 30 enquiries at the town hall as to the details of the tender; it’s a lucrative business and it’s looking to be a good year for tourists,” she told the Cyprus Mail.
The two kiosks have proved to be a ‘headache’ for the municipality for a number of years, and last summer they had to close both and install around-the-clock security after they discovered that the new operator – a Nicosia businessman – had failed to sign the necessary paperwork or hand over a deposit before opening to the public. The agreement was for 1.5 million euros for five years, but he never signed the contract or handed over a deposit, said the councillor
“We then had to go to emergency tender which was late in the season and the kiosks were awarded to two separate local families in business. I’m happy to say they both paid up and it saw around 100,000 euros income for the municipality last year.”
Before this debacle, the kiosks were operated by a local business for a number of years and Leblanc said that very intense discussions with the auditor-general, over allegations of mismanagement and a lack of transparency, had finally concluded, meaning that the tender process could go ahead, albeit late.
“Very large discounts were given by the municipality to the previous operator. This is a situation which has been rumbling on for years. Part of this discount was in exchange for equipment and upgrading works at the site.”
Leblanc, who is also a member of the tender committee said that applications received would be opened on May 9, recorded and then awarded.
“The process this year had been held up by the result of past mismanagement. Hopefully now, the process will run smoothly.”
She noted that the current tender committee is unlike the previous councils and that instances are handled differently. Procedures are dealt with more carefully.
“It’s much more careful in handling things now and although we’re not yet where we need to be, there is a big difference, which is a positive move.”
The beds and umbrellas at Coral Bay are operated by the municipality.

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