04/05/2011

Cork Floats Marina Project

Tenders have now been invited for a hotel and a boat berthing area, in Youghal, Co. Cork.

The town has now moved a step closer to obtaining the long-awaited marina following Cork County Council's decision to invite tenders to develop the facilities.

The local authority is investigating the possibility of either selling or leasing publicly owned land a short distance from the town centre to facilitate a new development.

A marina has long been regarded as a key development in breathing new life into the town and helping to fulfil its tourism potential.

However, there has been little progress on the issue over the past two decades or more.

Developers have already expressed interest in developing a hotel and conference centre, along with a marina, at the site.

The town's development plan aims for a 150 to 200-bed hotel in the area, along with a conference centre and leisure resort.

The development should also include a marina in the area west of the sea wall known as the 'slob bank'.

(BMcC/GK)

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