Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the Izmir Marina in Üçkuyular today. Stating that İzmir Marina will accelerate İzmir in the field of yacht tourism and increase the prosperity of the city due to being the only marina in the Gulf and being located in the city, Soyer said, “The Maritime Education Center we have established here will make valuable contributions to our goal of fair distribution of welfare. Because in this center, we will ensure that children in our disadvantaged neighborhoods meet the sea, ”he said.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the İzmir Marina, which is located in Üçkuyular and was taken over by Büyükşehir in June 2020 and completely renovated. Stating that they started off with the slogan of “İzmir's Meeting Point with the Sea”, Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “We rented the Marina, which has not been used for a long time, for 5 years in June and made a decision to operate our municipal company İZDENİZ. “We are opening our marina again today to the service of the people of İzmir”.
The opening ceremony was attended by Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife Neptün Soyer, CHP Izmir Deputies Kani Beko, Bedri Serter and Özcan Purçu, Balçova Mayor Fatma Çalkaya, Narlıdere Mayor Ali Engin, Konak Mayor Abdül Batur, Buca Mayor Erhan Kılıç, Güzelbahçe Mayor Mustafa İnce, Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda, Bornova Mayor Mustafa İduğ, Beydağ Mayor Feridun Yılmazlar, Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult, Metropolitan bureaucrats, directors and general managers of companies affiliated to the Metropolitan Municipality and council members.
"Breath" in four different concepts
Saying that İzmir Marina started hosting boats as of January with the overhaul of the boatyards where mooring and maintenance-repair was carried out in the first place, Soyer said, “Our marina is on the same axis with the subway, tramway, coastal road, highway, pier, transfer center and district terminal and It is located on an important node in terms of transportation. With its strong and accessible location, 60-boat capacity mooring place, land area, maintenance and repair facilities, technical team and renewed service infrastructure, İzmir Marina has received great interest and attention from various types of sailing boats and motor yachts, sailing and racing training boats since the day it has been in service. started to be in demand. So much so that I am pleased to hear that the discount campaign for female boat owners on 8 March, International Women's Day, in our marina, in order to encourage women to maritime.
Emphasizing that there are social units called “Nefes” in four different concepts to be operated by the Metropolitan company Grand Plaza in İzmir Marina, Soyer said “İzmir Marina, located at the point where Üçkuyular meets İnciraltı, accompanied by seagulls, cormorants and pelicans, "It starts to host all Izmir residents who want to enjoy it."
"It will strengthen İzmir's relationship with the sea"
Saying that they have determined increasing the welfare and sharing fairly throughout İzmir as their main starting point, Soyer continued his words as follows: “We have placed this higher target at the center of all the works we carry out. Bringing Izmir Marina, located in the city center of Izmir, to our city is an important part of this goal and is based on two fundamental dynamics. First; By creating a new attraction area in this region that will bring great action to İzmir, strengthening İzmir's relationship with the sea and increasing prosperity. Latter; To make it possible for children living who cannot reach the sea to access our services. To establish a connection with the sea and to ensure that our city has a fair share of its wealth and prosperity. Within the scope of our first goal, I think that Izmir Marina will give an important momentum to Izmir in the field of yacht tourism and will be an important role model for other marinas, as it is the only marina in the Gulf and is located in the city. Our marina will also become a year-round destination for sailors and sailing sports who want to benefit from the winds in the Gulf, thanks to the opportunities it offers, thanks to its location as a coastal facility. It will also become an important center of recreational boating along the Urla, Uzunada, Mordoğan and Foça lines. "
"We will offer children the opportunity to learn about sea sports"
Stating that İzmir Marina will play an important role in the Gulf Festival, which is aimed to be internationalized after the pandemic, and will support the promotion of İzmir to the world, Soyer said, “Our marina will make a very important contribution to the growth of prosperity in İzmir. Our Maritime Training Center, which we established in Izmir Marina, will make valuable contributions to our goal of fair distribution of welfare. Because in this center, we will primarily ensure that children in our disadvantaged neighborhoods meet the sea with the training programs to be carried out by our Youth and Sports Office. "Sustainable environmental awareness" and "swimmable Gulf" theme will be pursued at our center, and we will offer children from Izmir the opportunity to learn about sea sports, ”he said.
It will reinforce Izmir's Mediterranean identity
Stating that Izmir is home to different cultures because it is a developed port city, Soyer said, “This formed the basis of polyphony and multi-color and thus, democracy, one of the most important innovations of humanity, was born in these lands and spread to the world. Therefore, in İzmir, there is more than the eye can see and the ear can hear; In other words, the sea has always been the basis of İzmir's identity and unique beauties. We define the Gulf as the most important city image that makes Izmir Izmir. With all these aspects, İzmir's only marina, İzmir Marina's magnificent location and transportation alternatives, uninterrupted pedestrian areas and viewing points opening to the sea, Çakalburnu Dalyan, a haunt for birds next to the marina, social facilities and Maritime Training Center will further strengthen the connection of İzmir residents with the sea. "Our marina, which will make a great contribution to the development of maritime, will offer a comfortable, nature, history and culture-oriented, attractive and peaceful accommodation place for the boats sailing in the Mediterranean and will further reinforce Izmir's Mediterranean identity."
Soyer concluded his speech with his words on the 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day: “While remembering Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the lives and blood that he and his comrades have shed so that we can live freely and happily in this beautiful land until the end of this legacy left to us. We promise to be its advocates, to be the city of establishment and salvation, to bequeath this to our children and grandchildren. In İzmir, we will continue to grow welfare before any young people suffer from unemployment and before poverty gets deeper. We will do our best to share this prosperity that we have grown fairly. "
Soyer watched the Metropolitan athletes
Following the opening speech, the participants watched the water ballet show of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Club athlete Azra Kayra Özmen in the renovated pool in İzmir Marina and the water polo team of the Metropolitan Municipality. Mayor Soyer watched the canoe and sailing athletes of the Metropolitan Municipality after visiting the underwater photographs of the underwater photographer Murat Kaptan from Izmir. Soyer also greeted the Gulf ferries honking for May 19th.
Naval Training Center
Children from Izmir will meet with sea sports in Izmir Marina with practical training programs to be carried out by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Youth and Sports Services Department at Izmir Marina. In this context, thanks to the existing swimming pool renewed in the facility, all children who cannot swim in İzmir will have the opportunity to take swimming lessons by professional educators. In addition to swimming lessons at the Maritime Education Center, children and young people from Izmir between the ages of 7 and 15 will have the opportunity to learn various sea sports, especially canoeing and sailing.