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By Paul Bradbury     Nov 6, 2013 in Travel
Jelsa - With the tourist season over on Hvar, an ambitious 17-point plan from the Mayor of Jelsa begins a programme of regeneration.
After another successful season on the island of Hvar, thoughts turned to reconstruction and development on Croatia's premier island on November 5, 2013, with the start of first phase works on the new waterfront in Jelsa, an event witnessed by Digital Journal.
Infrastructure improvements on the island have been impressive in recent years - increased water supply from the mainland, road upgrades and improved sewage services - and nowhere is the prospect of change and improvement more eagerly anticipated than in the central district of Jelsa, where new mayor Niksa Peronja recently published an action plan of change for the region.
Jelsa is the third largest settlement on Croatia s premier island.
Jelsa is the third largest settlement on Croatia's premier island.
Peronja, 34, and a lawyer by training, is a new breed of politician who has embraced social media and the funding possibilities offered by European accession, to aggressively address the problems of the municipality he inherited after a narrow election victory in June this year.
Steps constructed for the arrival of Emperor Franz Josef I in 1875 will have to be moved as the Jels...
Steps constructed for the arrival of Emperor Franz Josef I in 1875 will have to be moved as the Jelsa waterfront is expanded.
In a rare gesture of open communication and engagement with the electorate from a Croatian politician, Peronja posted an update on his website on progress in his first few months in office, revealing a 17-point action plan of infrastructure improvements and invetment plans, mostly courtesy of external funds that he and his team have been chasing.
In what was an impressive list of proposed change for an impoverished municipality, the highlights centred around change to the town of Jelsa's pretty harbour and centre, as well as infrastructure changes in the surrounding areas.
Phase 2 on the Jelsa-Sucuraj road is about to begin
Phase 2 on the Jelsa-Sucuraj road is about to begin
As the diggers began their work yesterday to modernise and expand the town's waterfront, before a second phase of modern and sizable breakwaters out of the town, work is about to begin on the second phase of the Jelsa - Sucuraj road. Once described as the worst national road in Croatia, the road is being gradually upgraded and improving access from the east of the island.
The view from this journalist s terrace as the works begin in Hvar  Croatia
The view from this journalist's terrace as the works begin in Hvar, Croatia
One of Europe's last undiscovered film sets (see video below) will be closed for most of this winter, as proper drainage is applied and the road asphalted, while the addition of increased water supply will result in mains water being brought to the villages on the east of the island.
Jelsa is perhaps most famous for its UNESCO-protected Easter procession, which has taken place every year for more than 500 years - a 22-kilometre pilgrimage following a barefoot crossbearer through the night on Maundy Thursday. The important religious tradition will be commemorated by the erection of a special mounment on the renamed Crossbearer's Square, in time for the 2014 procession next Easter.
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