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In 2005 a campaign was started by a handful of "beach people" to save Irakli from the construction that has claimed 90% of the coast. Photo by irakliresort.com
The wife of a late Bulgarian top banker and Sofia chief architect plan to build a tourist complex on the beach of Irakli, a protected coastal area, which has turned over the last few years into an emblem of Bulgaria's nascent environmental movement.
The project, to be developed by companies owned by Vesela Kyuleva and Petar Dikov, includes the construction of bungalows, which will provide accommodation for five hundred people, claim eco-activists from the "Let's save Irakli!" group.
“The scale of the project will hardly exceed 200 beds,” Zoya Dimitrova, who represents the two companies for the project, told local Dnevnik daily, adding that the delay is due to the current investment researches and unsolved infrastructure problems.
She assured that the project will comply with environmental requirements and promised more details about its funding at the beginning of next year.
Environmentalists however have alarmed that experts fail to assess properly the cumulative effect on nature. To top it all off, they say, it is a common and vicious practice that developers themselves pay for the assessment of the project's impact on the environment.
The beach at Irakli, located in the northern part of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, has turned over the last few years into an emblem of Bulgaria's nascent protest movement against the country's preoccupation with flogging the Black Sea coast to developers as quickly as possible.
In 2005 a campaign was started by a handful of "beach people" to save Irakli from the construction that has claimed 90% of the coast.
Since then, the movement has widened its scope to try to save dozens more of Bulgaria's wild beaches.
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