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article imageA quieter Hvar party? New mayor of Croatia's island town speaks

By Paul Bradbury     Jun 6, 2013 in Travel
Hvar - Party island or nature and heritage destination? A change in the local political landscape may influence the long-running debate in Hvar, Croatia.
As famous for its lavender and endless sunshine as it is for its legendary Full Moon parties, Croatia's premier island of Hvar has always suffered an embarrassment of riches when it comes to its multi-faceted tourism attractions, but a change of approach could be in the air, according to an interview with new Hvar Town Mayor Rino Budrović Bene on June 6, 2013.
The recent local elections brought a change of mayor in the four towns on Hvar, and the local council in Hvar Town also had some change, with Katija Zaninović Dawnay recently-formed group coming second in the polls, with some 22% of the vote. She was standing primarily on the ticket of scaling back Hvar as a party destination.
In the interview, Mayor Rino Budrović Bene pledged support to Zaninović Dawnay, although there would be no drastic cuts, but that everything would be in accordance with laws and regulations.
Making reference to the petition local residents signed against the party culture two years ago, the mayor had this to say:
Hvar is also celebrating 400 years of the oldest public theatre  which is housed on the floor above ...
Hvar is also celebrating 400 years of the oldest public theatre, which is housed on the floor above where the event took place.
"When the situation demands that citizens get organised and sign a petition, it is a sign that something must be done. The vast majority of people of Hvar live from tourism, and of course fun and parties go together with it, but it can not be the only offer in addition to our rich culture, traditions, architecture and museums. It seems to me that in recent years there has been a competition to see who will produce more noise, and it makes no sense to bring tourists to the city if they are not allowed to sleep until five in the morning."
The immediate priorities are to review the city's coffers, relations with leading hotel group Suncani Hvar, the issue of subsidised housing, and to complete the work on the oldest public theatre in Europe, and the Adriatic Project.
Ivo Dubokovic from Jelsa on Hvar  whose wines include  2718   named after the average hours of annua...
Ivo Dubokovic from Jelsa on Hvar, whose wines include '2718', named after the average hours of annual sun on the sunniest island in the Adriatic.
The change of leadership comes at a time of various initiatives to further diversify the island's tourism to work towards promoting its gastronomy and heritage. As previously reported, the Hvar Wine Time Traveller concept blends the island's rich 2,400 year wine story with the island's heritage, while the Huffington Post was one of the recent guests on Hvar looking at the Adristorical Lands project.
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