Corfu, February 2009 To: 1.Mr. Nikos Dendias, Minister of Justice, Corfu Deputy 2.Ms. Angela Gerekou, Corfu Deputy 3.Mr. Charalambos Charalambous, Corfu Deputy 4.Mr. Sotiris Vosdou, Secretary General of the Ionian Islands Region 5.Mr. Stefanos Poulemenos, Prefect of Corfu 6.Mr. Thomas Athanassiou, President of the Prefecture Council 7.Mr.Sotiris Mikalef, Mayor of Corfu Town 8.Mr.Perikles Pangratis, President of the Municipal Council 9.Local Union of Communities and Municipalities of Corfu 10.Prefecture Council of Corfu island 11.Municipal Council of Corfu Town Municipality 12.The Engineers Chamber of Corfu The undersigned, we are strongly protesting about the mistreatment being planned in Corfu Town, in the area of Spelea-Old Port. We have discovered that the plans for the construction of a yacht Marina in the old port of Corfu include an outer breakwater with a height of 3.00 meters above sea level constructed from irregular stones. Such a construction will obstruct the view of the sea and of Vido island from the whole area. The visitors as well as the users of the Old Port Square will instead have the view of a massive rock wall. We are protesting since: 1.There is no other town in the world obstructing deliberately and with no serious reason its view towards the sea. 2. Such height of the breakwater is obviously due to a calculation error, since the maximum wave height of the area is not exceeding 1,25 m. 3. Beyond any calculation the proof of the existing outer jetty with a height of 1,40 m. above sea level never being passed over by waves should be enough. With the common knowledge that the wave height developed against a vertical breakwater front is higher. 4. A wall made of random assembled rough rocks will savagely violate the esthetic character of the town. The design engineers could have taken as example the Venitian harbor -Mandraki- of which the structure above sea level is constructed with worked stones. For all the above reasons we ask the local authorities and institutions to apply any possible pressure and with all possible means for the modification of the engineering design, so that the jetty will not exceed 1,50 m. above sea level and its front towards the Old Harbor being made with concrete or better covered with worked stones. We want to believe that in the realization of this project common sense will prevail and the rules of art and science will be applied. In a contrary case we are going to proceed to further contests to all involved institutions and at central public authority
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Patricia Cookson, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: The UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE web site says of Kerkyra "As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s urban and port ensemble is notable for its high level of integrity and authenticity." :What "integrity And what " authenticy" can there be, ,when the first sighting of the old port area is to be marred by huge, ugly, 3 metre high concrete blocks, and a view of ugliness instead of beauty, both for arriving tourists, and most importantly for the citizens of this historic Venetian town. Not only will the historical views be marred, but tourism, the lifeblood of Corfu, could be affected by adverse publicity. The Authorities need to take note of public feeling, listen to them and do something about this situation urgently.
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