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Investing and Waiting for Investors
July 29, 2009   
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Tyberiusz Narkowicz, mayor of Jastarnia, talks to Barbara Deręgowska.

Last year, you topped the league table of Polish cities and towns using European Union funds. How have you spent these funds?
We are a small town whose two primary functions are those of a fishing port and a seaside resort. Quite naturally, the port is the centerpiece of Jastarnia's business life. The history of the port dates back to the 1920s. After the ravages of World War II and the subsequent reconstruction and modernization in the 1970s, the port needed a general makeover. In 2006, a marina for 52 sailboats was built in the southern part of the harbor. Then, we decided to radically improve the handling of fishing cutters and launched a project called Expansion of the Fishing Harbor and Boat Repair Facilities in the Port of Jastarnia. The project sought to keep sea and inshore fishing in Jastarnia alive. Fishing traditions are very strong in Kashubian families living on the Hel Peninsula. Not only does fishing constitute the primary source of income for many locals, but it is a tourist attraction and a trademark of Jastarnia. And we've made it. We obtained EU funds totaling 75 percent of the project's value and the rest came from the state budget.

What comes next? Do you have any proposals for potential investors?
First of all, we want to build a new fishing port in Kuźnica. The existing one cannot even accommodate 30 fishing boats, and so one-third of those that go to sea are moored outside the port. We have been designing a new marina in Jastarnia with a capacity of 300 to 1,000 sailboats. Relying on more EU funds, we would also like to build a modern sports and education center with a well-equipped school, sports fields and gymnasiums.

We have one very interesting proposal for investors. Jastarnia could become a health resort. In order to be granted the status of a health resort, we need to start extracting brine from under the town and obtain certificates of therapeutic properties for the brine. It is actually the same brine deposits that have been extracted in the health resort of Sopot. In the near future, we will begin to look for an investor to build a modern balneotherapy facility.

Jastarnia, located in the middle of the Hel Peninsula, is a town that, together with Kuźnica and Jurata, forms a municipality of 4,000 inhabitants. The town primarily lives off fishing and tourism. During the summer season, around 25,000 tourists visit Jastarnia every day. They are attracted by the area's wide, sandy beaches, pine forests and glorious, clean air. In Jastarnia, they can find surfing schools, aquatic equipment rentals, bicycle trails and fishing cutters that take them on night-time fishing expeditions and cruises on the Bay of Puck during the day.

Accommodation available in Jastarnia will satisfy even the most demanding tourists. Visitors to the town are particularly fond of its unique ambiance and beautiful, winding streets lined with traditional Kashubian buildings. Tourists also appreciate the tidy streets and convenient access to the beaches.

Local attractions also include events such as Sobótka midsummer's eve celebrations, the Eel Days festival, and the Festival of Religious Songs.

Urząd Miasta Jastarni, ul. Portowa 24, 84-140 Jastarnia, tel. 058 67 52 072; fax. 058 67 52 176; www.jastarnia.pl; adres: jas_bor@poczta.onet.pl
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