Although not part of the principal Port Usage Project, first approved by the left wing socialist government some six years ago, the sea front improvement plan clashed with the parallel port project this summer and caused major inconvenience to residents, traders and tourists. Work is already under way as part of the Port Usage Project which involves the extension and improvement of the recreational and commercial quays, providing 150 extra moorings, as well as the construction of a new beach protection system. Soon the bulldozers should move in on the site of the old naval base - a move which is proving controversial as many local residents would like to see the old naval building preserved. However, rubble from the demolished site is to be used to extend the quay with new buildings set aside for commercial and local port authority use will replace the old naval base. New car parking will also be built as well as extra moorings along the extended quay and all will be managed by the private company which has won the contract. Once completed, the port improvement project is expected to have cost at least 7.4 million euros. The council and local government hope to make a more user-friendly port with more room for recreational vessels, easier access to the tourist boats and more room for shops, bars and restaurants. However, it appears that many local residents are going to miss the old naval base and the harbour's once quaint and traditional fishing port atmosphere and appearance.
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