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A group of yachting business people in Antibes are hosting a barbecue and party on Sept. 6 to bring together users and land-side stakeholders of the marina to draw attention from local authorities about the importance of the port to the town.



ASAP (Association de Soutien aux activités et à l’Aménagement du Port d’Antibes) is hosting the party from 5:30-9 pm at the Quai Camille Rayon, Port Vauban.



The group, started in November 2011, points out that even though demand for berths is high, slips in Port Vauban are not always filled. The marina needs an upgrade, but it first needs political and local support.



“Despite the preference of a base such as Antibes in the winter, many boats are subtracted to other destinations in order to minimize costs,” the group said in a statement announcing a press conference and the party. “Marinas in Spain, Italy, Croatia, Tunisia or Cyprus benefit from the saturation of the Côte d’Azur to develop new and bigger sites in size. In comparison to these new places who exhibit their high quality services at international boat shows or on their websites, fully renovated, fully equipped with logistics and designed to bring a high level of service to their users, the Port of Antibes no longer appears in the race in many ways and should review quickly its offer.”



ASAP alleges that the mayor and economic leaders don’t see the port and its attending yachts and cruise ships as a priority.



“These are surprising points of view coming from the local authorities, particularly in relation to the economic impact of crew on the town,” the statement noted.



ASAP has 367 members. Its goal: Help the mayor and the port to set a course because users are in the dark about what will happen, and to keep yachts from leaving Antibes for ports and marinas that are better equipped, better organized, more welcoming and who communicate on their added value.



ASAP also wishes to make the people of Antibes aware of the port, especially the jobs that depend on the economic activity of the port and those that could be generated as a result of improvements.



The party is about “getting to know each other better, meeting and sharing a common vision for the port and the city of Antibes in order for the project to actually take shape given its extraordinary economic challenge,” said Patrick Gilliot, president of ASAP.

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