Dubrovnik has finally taken the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and in agreement with cruise companies has agreed that a maximum of two cruisers will sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors.Namely, after Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković started talks with the world’s largest cruise companies last year, gathered in the CLIA association, the problem of large crowds due to the simultaneous entry of up to seven cruisers from which 10 passengers would go on a tour of the city at once began. to be addressed. With a better schedule for the arrival of passenger ships, a maximum of two cruisers a day will come to Dubrovnik from next year.”Contracts with cruise companies have been signed for next year so we will have a maximum of two cruisers a day throughout the week, Monday through Sunday. Sometimes there will be only one, sometimes two will arrive at the same time or one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. We strived for that, and now we have achieved it ” Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic told Jutarnji list, and stressed that there is still a solution to traffic jams, which, he is convinced, is due to the liberalization of the taxi market, due to which more than a thousand taxi drivers worked in Dubrovnik this season.In addition to the agreement on the schedule of cruise arrivals, Dubrovnik also uses a system of cameras that count visitors when entering the historical ensemble, in order to avoid excessive crowds. In addition, through the project “Respect the City” is developing an application for direct communication with guests through which they will be advised the best time to visit the historic center, and by the end of next month will be presented a calendar through which you can see the estimated number of guests inside the ancient walls.”The key to the success of any destination is management, and we have done this by making contact with the world’s leading CLIA group, which brings together all the world’s key cruise operators. We have agreed on a better schedule for the arrival and departure of ships from cruises, which has significantly relieved the historic core and there are no more negative images in the media with congested entrances and blocked Stradun. The excellent coordination of the competent services was the most deserving in solving this problem ”Added Franković and pointed out that there are still days of the week when they do not have a single cruiser.By the end of this year, Dubrovnik will have 440 passenger ships with about 740 thousand passengers, or 3 percent fewer ships than last year, but 5 percent more passengers. And this year, the people of Dubrovnik welcomed the millionth passenger in the port of Gruž two days before last year.
Stella ‘Pat’ Flora Westerfeld, age 98 of Batesville, Indiana passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville.The daughter of William and Amelia (nee: Siebert) Goyert was born on January 18, 1920 in Batesville. The 1938 Batesville High School graduate married her sweetheart, Howard Westerfeld on November 29, 1941. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before he passed away in 2004.Pat, as most of her family and friends knew her by, worked for the Herald Tribune for several years and worked as a Nurses Aid for some time. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Crossroads, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She was also part of the Ladies Aid at church, Lutheran Church Women, and a member of the Hobby Nobby Club.Mostly, Pat was a very good homemaker, wife, mom and grandma. She was a terrific baker and usually did her baking on Saturday mornings. She and Howard had a big vegetable garden, so she spent a lot of time canning their harvest. Pat was also a seamstress and sewed a lot of her kid’s clothes over the years. She and her husband loved going to Florida and spending the winters there later in life. They liked traveling together, everywhere from the east to the west coast. Grandma Pat also did a lot of babysitting over the years for her grandchildren, something she really enjoyed.She will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Sharyn Cobler and Mary Anne (Snork) Walsman; four sons Dave (Janet) Westerfeld, Dan Westerfeld, James (Melissa) Westerfeld and Rick Westerfeld; fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and one on the way.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Lorena Narwold, Mildred Ahrens, Martha Firsich, Norma Goyert, Cordelia Drockelman, Howard Goyert and Paul Goyert.Visitation will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10AM-12:30PM at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral Service will follow at 1:00PM on Saturday, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crossroads in Batesville. Paster Creighton P. Leptak officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Batesville.Memorials may be given to St. Paul Cemetery Fund c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.