Paphos set for €10 million beach improvement project

A coastal engineering study for a €10 million project aimed at protecting the beaches of Geroskipou and Kato Paphos from erosion while improving their quality was presented to stakeholders on Wednesday. The study, set to cover the area from Plaz Geroskipou Beach to the Municipal Baths Beach in Kato Paphos was presented by the D.Toumazis and Associates and Rogan and Associates A.E. partnership at the Geroskipou municipal hall.

Speaking at the presentation, Geroskipou Mayor Michalis Pavlides said that the initiative by the Paphos and Geroskipou municipality had been warmly supported by the Hoteliers and especially by the Transport Ministry.

The final plans based on the study are expected to be ready by November and Pavlides is hopeful that the necessary funds will be found to ensure the immediate start of the project.

“We want bigger and safer beaches,” said Paphos Mayor Fedonas Fedonos speaking at the presentation.

The Paphos Mayor pointed out that with the completion of the project, the beaches in question, which today can accommodate 2,000 people, will be able to accommodate 5,000 people.

The Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Hoteliers have requested a copy of the study in order to comment on the proposals included in the study.

The Hotel Association’s Paphos regional head Thanos Michaelides believes that the improvement of Paphos’ beaches is the single most important project which will improve not only seasonality but the quality of tourism to the area.