In Primošten, a popular tourist destination in Dalmatia, the State Inspectorate recently intensified its efforts leading to the closure of illegal bungalows. On October 4 and 16, 2023, an unregistered catering facility named Azalea Wine and Olive Hill was inspected by the service for catering, tourism services, and residence/tourist tax of the Regional Office in Split. The facility located on a hill amidst olive groves and vineyards was found to be conducting unregistered activities and providing services and accommodation without legal documentation. As a result, the State Inspectorate issued an oral decision banning the activities on October 18, 2023.
In addition to the closure, the owners are required to return illegally earned money from the past two years. The indictment against them has been filed with Municipal Misdemeanor Court in Šibenik, while an indictment was also issued for confiscation of property benefits acquired through offense for 2022 and 2023. The decision on prohibition of activities was sent to competent Tax Administration, Croatian Employment Service, Center for Social Welfare as well as Booking website where previously highly rated Azalea Wine and Olive Hill could receive reservations.
The owner of SPRING HARVEST doo is registered for real estate business but it’s not clear if they are legally operating or not according to Morski portal. The Mayor of Primošten Stipe Petrina expressed lack of knowledge regarding this case but acknowledged that if it is found something it cannot operate legally according to him. It’s important that businesses follow proper procedures and obtain all necessary legal documents before operating in any area.