American citizens alert about yet another environmental crime; Bulgarian institutions keep silent

Thugs Destroy Bulgarian Black Sea Dunes

Instead of protected dunes, there is a huge sand wall on Nessebar’s “South Beach” on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The wall also blocks the access to the beach. This is visible in pictures sent to Bivol’s editorial office by an American citizen living in Bulgaria.

I would like to let you know that the local government in Nessebar is destroying the Unesco protected dunes on the South Beach. It looks like in order to protect the businesses on the beach, one of which was built this past summer, they constructed a huge wall of sand near the water. The sand was taken from the Dune, and one slop of it is almost gone…It is just heart breaking… In constructing this wall, they also blocked the public access to the water, which is illegal in the civilized world. My husband and I fell in love with Bulgaria and its beautiful coast when we came here last year for vacation from the USA. We were planning to spend here at least half year, but now we are so disappointed… 

What they are doing here in Nessebar is so illegal and contrary to the interests of the country and its people. Very sad, and probably there is no remedy…just needed to share this and hope that maybe it’s possible to correct it,” she wrote.

The pictures clearly show that the dunes are forever destroyed.

 

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It is indicative that neither Nessebar locals nor the institutions have reacted to this blatant environmental crime. Instead, a US citizen is sounding the alarm.

This morning, Bivol reported the environmental crime to Burgas Regional Governor Valcho Cholakov. The regional government is the institution directly responsible for the observance of concession contracts and their obligations to manage beaches. We expect a reaction and an opinion from there.

The Nessebar-South beach was concessioned at the beginning of the year to the company Auto Factor, which is owned by Kiril Spassov, linked to the alleged major Bulgarian organized crime group from the 1990s, VIS-2.

Another company of Spasov – Irida-71-  is the concessionaire of the popular Cacao Beach in Bulgaria’s largest summer resort Sunny Beach.

Until the summer of 2012, the majority shareholder in Irida-71 was Radostin “Rado The Sun” Barzanov, a former bodyguard of VIS boss, Vasil Iliev and then of his brother and successor, Georgi Iliev, according to Capital daily.

Veselin Stoimenov, who was shot in early January 2016, is another associate of Spassov and Barzanov. As Bivol revealed, Stoimenov stood behind the tour boat company operating on the Ropotamo river, which began construction activities in the natural reserve and whose contract was suspended after our media alerted the authorities.

 

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