Destruction of illegal piers and hotels on the Black Sea continues
Further demolitions of illegal structures along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast are now underway following the much publicised Operation Bulldozer that flattened properties and stores built illegally in the old town of Nessebur.
The destruction of yacht pier near Roussalka has now been authorised, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 7 2010.
The development at Roussalka has been controversial for some time. Owned by the Banev family, it blocks general public access to the beach, along with the swimming pools which have allegedly been built illegally near the sea. According to the BNT report, the order for the pier's demolition was issued in 2008 but "shelved" until now.
The destruction commenced at 10am on December 7. The operation will cost 8000 leva and the owner will have to cover the cost because he failed to remove the facility voluntarily, the report said.
However, according to Dnevnik daily, the company entrusted with the operation has "deployed its demolition equipment on site and starting tearing up the pier. The concrete and iron, once dismantled, are dumped directly into the sea".
December 6 saw the demolition of the first illegally built hotel on the Bulgarian Black Sea – Hotel Ramona near Varna. According to eyewitnesses, the debris from that hotel is also dumped directly in the sea, Dnevnik daily reported.
After years of speculation and turning a blind eye, the GERB Government has vowed to deal firmly with illegal construction on the Bulgarian coastline.
In the middle of November, tensions in Nessebur were raised when demolition workers, escorted by police, moved in and clashed with protesters on the barricades of the bridge. The action was taken when owners of illegal structures had failed to respond to instructions to remove them.