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Quality Beach Services in Cyprus

25 June 2017

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A well-organized beach has a direct relation to property/house prices since one can enjoy the beach which is expected to be cleaned with facilities such as w.cs, lifeguards, parking etc. A place where the whole family can enjoy with safety in the calm and clean Cyprus sea.

It is interesting to record how public beaches are exploited by the various Municipalities and other local authorities in Cyprus. Beach service in Cyprus so far has been restricted to providing umbrellas and beach beds. You might think that how much is this worth – We can assure you, depending on the beach quality and extent, it can reach an income of €1 mil. p.a. income per area. The recent example at the Paralimni area where the beach collectors (employees of the Municipality) were reporting only half of what they are actually collecting, upon their replacement the income rose by €400.000!! and this for a 3-month season, let alone other areas for the beach use, by locals and tourists which are over a 5-6 month season. The money is big dear readers and Troika has suggested to us (Cyprus) to go out to tenders for the beach facilities. Yet the House with our objectionable MPs turned this down, prompting Troika to ask “how much muscle have the existing beach operators on this country”?

The town that has took full advantage of this beach exploitation is Limassol. Along the seaside promenade, there are several beach kiosks which although have started only as kiosks-coffee shops, have developed into beach bars and restaurants, with a hefty income to the Municipality. Yet, Larnaca Municipality placed a kiosk on similar lines as Limassol at the Phoenicoudes beach area, prompted the District Office to seek a demolition order (the Larnaca Mayor is still wondering why the difference).

A well-organized beach has a direct relation to property/house prices since one can enjoy the beach which is expected to be cleaned with facilities such as w.cs, lifeguards, parking etc. A place where the whole family can enjoy with safety in the calm and clean Cyprus sea.

Coming back to Paralimni, in our estimation, it is the only Municipality that appears to be organized on this. Each small sandy bay has w.c. facilities and nearby parking, but no life guards. Every afternoon the beaches are cleaned and it is the only one Municipality which provides rubbish bins enough to accommodate the visitors (most public beaches either do not have or do not have enough causing people to place their rubbish around the rubbish bins at best). Because service brings demand it is quite strange that the extensive Polis-Latchi beach has limited of these facilities, neither the Pafos and other towns to a great extent.

In countries such as Greece the beaches are operated by mainly hotels, based on fixed goods charges and who provide, through a movable kiosk all sorts of drinks, including alcohol, sandwiches etc. An innovative hotelier at Mykonos, who is operating a beach, in addition to the beds and umbrellas has installed at intervals walkie-talkies, so that one can order while relaxing on the beach whatever he likes. Much to our surprise most (foreign) occupiers ordered Champaign which comes with a bucket full of ice, an umbrella cover and a stand – Call it a show, call it a convenience, there was not enough waiters to go around!! Of course being unruly in Greece the beds are placed right up to the sea/water line allowing no free space for others, whereas the charges are 5 times more than these in Cyprus, let alone that an ordinary glass of wine is charged at €19 and in Cyprus (if there is such a service around) €5.0.

Good and serviced beaches are those which we usually see in our TV in the U.S.A. resorts and others, but there is a lot of beach business and otherwise for this type of facilities. Coming back to Myconos near a serviced beach around a bay, there is a luxurious holiday home development, which, we were told by a proud Dutch resident that “the beach service/facilities is all the money that we spend to buy the property”. Of course, there must be a client service in some beaches, including Cyprus, the organization and facilities regulations (which we can copy from other countries) to make it work for everybody’s benefit. Our Myconos Dutch friend added that “we paid for this house €1½ mil.(!!) and we have attributed the €½ mil. to the organized beach. Of course, if one minds other people on the beach the organized beaches can be a minus he added. The night parties are a problem and the Psarou beach (Myconos) is not for us with the all night parties and live disco. Lovely if you are less than 40 years old and small units near this beach are much in demand selling at €10.000/sq.m.!! He explained to us that the beach entertainment is part of the local culture that the local authorities are on the band wagon and actually turn rocky beaches to artificially sandy bays to accommodate demand (and the Authorities income). An attempt has been made by the Municipality of Paralimni to improve three small bays (Syrena-Vizakia-Green Bay) and we have recorded objections by some people who have no idea the before and after situation.

Last week’s article, you might remember, we referred to the innovative Cypriot idea of beach container housing! This time we come up with another idea, but this time the money involved is so much that we doubt that the existing “beach Mafia group” in Cyprus will let it happen. |

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