THE financial crisis put the brakes on plans to enlarge Javea Port but construction firms are again showing interest.
They are so interested that they hope to develop the entire 141,000-square-metre port area as a marina. Nevertheless, there is a huge obstacle to this in the shape of the fishing harbour with its 264-metre-long quay.
Undeterred, the firms that are competing for the concession to run the port are prepared to pay each of Javea’s 17 fishing boats €500,000 to leave.
President of the Javea fishing guild Jose Serrat arranged a meeting with the fishing-boat owners and asked if they were prepared to give him permission to continue negotiating or if they wanted him to turn down the offer.
A vote was held, resulting in a resounding ‘yes’ to carry on negotiating. They felt they had nothing to lose, sources close to the fishing- boat owners revealed.
The port was built as a fishing harbour at the beginning of the 20th century and should the deal be accepted this would bring to an end Javea’s original pre-tourism activity. It would also mean vacating the Lonja fish market where the catch is sold each day.
In the late 90s and in 2003, plans for radical changes to the port came to nothing following opposition from residents and the fishing community. More than a decade later, constructors are waiting to see if this will be a case of ‘third time lucky’.