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26 MARINA VISIT


Karpaz Gate Marina, TRNC F


ollowing our previous visit to Turkey’s Çe me Marina to coincide with the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference


in Istanbul, this report stays in the Eastern Mediterranean, but moves to the island of Cyprus to take a


look at Karpaz Gate Marina on the Northern shore of the Karpasia Peninsula in Northern Cyprus, which is known as the ‘pan-handle’ of the island, and Turkey is just 48 miles away. The creation of this high quality


leisure harbour took place because of a visionary project brought to life by late British entrepreneur David Lewis, CBE. An inspirational


founder, who maintained a close connection with the project throughout


the early years of


its development, Mr Lewis was best known as a retailer, but also carried out tourist developments in a number of countries. Since he passed away, his family is continuing to support the project. Karpaz Gate Marina’s current marina management


company,


Sea-Alliance Group,


first


established contact with Mr Lewis in 2002 with the idea of developing a resort, which would include a marina. According to the owner’s representative,


Liza Singer,


a few different locations were evaluated, the Group identified the one in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and served as consultants for the professional marine aspects,


including the


marina design. As the first modern marina in Northern Cyprus, Karpaz Gate


after


MARINA EURO-REPORT • JUNE 2014


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