The much-anticipated construction of three beach bars along Geroskipou municipal beach will get underway next week, according to the mayor.
Michalis Pavlides told the Cyprus Mail that the winning tender will be announced in a couple of days, ahead of work at the three sites getting underway next week.
“One company will build all three kiosks (beach bars) and the premises will also have all of the necessary facilities available to the public,” he said.
Pavlides added that each new area will be around 220 square metres, and that 80 square metres of each space will consist of toilets, changing rooms and showers.
The first of the new ventures will be created at an area known as ‘Ricccos’, with the second and the third 250 and the third 300 metres further along.
“The work will begin immediately and the contract stipulates that it must be finished by the end of May,” he said.
A second tender will also soon be announced for operators of the kiosks, and they will be awarded to three separate individuals or companies, so that no-one holds a monopoly, he said.
“The people working these facilities need to be in place by June 10th and once finished, the kiosks will be open all year long,” he said.
The mayor said the project is hugely important for the area and that facilities will be kept clean and working all year long, and be checked ‘every hour’.
Pavlides said that up until now, around 4,000 to 5,000 visitors have been using the popular stretch of beach at weekends at summer peak time, and added that with the added benefit of the new facilities, the municipality expects to attract at least 8,000 beach goers every weekend.
The mayor said tourism is on the rise in the municipality and both expanding and new hotels mean even more people visiting the district.
“Two hotels in the area have added two extra floors and we have another new hotel as well. There are eleven thousand residents of Geroskipou and in the summer time, we have a further eleven thousand or so staying, this increase is like the size of another town,” he said.
The new facilities will be a good source of income for the municipality, and also provide everything both locals and tourists will need, he said.
The tender to operate the ‘Riccos’ kiosk will be for three and a half years, and no decisions on the length of the contracts for the other two have been taken, he said.