The ATMs that have overnight grown to incredible proportions will soon be a thing of the past after a new directive from the Mayor’s office.
On the main street through the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Stradun, a street that is the main attraction for tourists, there are now an incredible 26 flashing ATM machines. Given the fact that the Stradun is approximately 300 metres in length that’s one ATM every 11.5 metres. And inside the ancient Old City walls there are 37 bank machines, whilst in the close vicinity of the walls there are another 9, or 46 ATMs inside a radius of around 500 metres.
But now comes news that the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, has had enough and is proposing new tough sanctions. The Mayor has put forward a proposal that “All ATMs will be removed if the owners do not obtain approval from the Conservator Office.
In accordance with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Mayor Mato Frankovic sent to the City Council of the City of Dubrovnik a proposal to amend the Decree on the Municipal Order. According to the proposed modifications at the openings of the building in the historic core of the City it is forbidden to set up ATMs as well as other devices and advertising cabinets.
Regarding the existing ATMs in the historical core, it has been established that these must be removed within 30 days from the date of entry into force of the decision if the owner / user of the space does not obtain consent or approval from the Ministry of Culture's Conservation Department.