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*A ' Â· Nortfiwert Arfcamai TIMES, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1974 * rAVITTtVILLI, AMKANfA* _ _____ _ Resort Community Has Modern Face , By RAYMOND BOVE OSTEND, Belgium (AP) -- Ostcnd, the seaside resort for raughty weekends in the gay '90s, is going to lose some last relics of the Victorians in its first major face lift for nearly a century. 'Th'e'hew look will be resolutely modern. Two . wars, floods 'and real estate developers have already'. taken a heavy toll of the old Ostend. The first sight of the continent for the eloping couple on the deck of the plush side- wheeler from Britain used to be a shoreline of fussy villas and gingerbread 'towers' emerging /slowly from the mist. Now it's an almost unbroken row of high rise concrete apartment houses. The fabulously kitsch casino, or Kursaal, as It was known -when it was the center of high- life in Leopold II's days vanished during World War I. Most of the elaborate villas and the lush hotels later fell victim to the Nazi army's urge to wall up '.the -Atlantic against an Allied Â·attack. Â· Practically all that remains standing to evoke the past splendor is the modernized race course and the Thermes, or baths, where sea-water therapy is applied for various ailments and where a spring provides a Heady running stream of pungent mineral water. There are also the massive railway station sitting alongside the harbor and a handful of hotels. Extending its seaweed-covered pillars beyond the harbor stands the old wooden pier, battered by several encounters with ships:tossed about by the temperamental North Sea. TO END EYESORES Mayor Piers, the man who lays, "nothing is too good for Ostend," is firmly intent on re moving what he considers uri gainly constructions that are an eyesore in a predominantly modern resort. Ostend was once kno\yn as .the queen of beaches arid the beach of queens. Mayor Piers thinks his projects for modern ization may help it recover this lost title. But the thousands ol tourists; who flock in every summer are likely to deter anj royalty. Leopold II, the Belgian mon arch who turned the small fish ing port of only several nun dred inhabitants into a play ground for princes and dukes ir the second half of the 19th cen tury, had a private villa hull at the end of the long prome nade. Though modernized on leyeral occasions, the huge red roofed building hasn't hostec any member of the royal farm ly regularly since the end o World War II. The villa ha, been donated to the city am . will become an internationa congress center. Ostend is no longer, a fashion able place to spend Â»a holida ough It still remains a popu- r resort for the not-so-rich. A t of drinking and jesting is ill done in the countless cafes. ost of it is done by English- en who make the thrce-and-a- alf-hour crossing for a taste of ntinental living. But if the few well-to-do visors come only in the winter ow, the sheer number of less ell-endowed tourists more an makes up the difference. OTHER INDUSTRIES Yet despite an average year- two, million "nights" resisted by the city's 200 hotels, ayor Piers is well aware that stend has also got to count on her industries besides tourism keep the resort prosperous. Industrial estates will be de- eloped southwards to accom- odate light, nonpolluling in- ustries and the harbor is to be tered to accommodate larger lerchanlmen. But the biggest changes'that re to take place over the next in years or so will center on lurism anyway, Piers says.. "The yacht port will be en- irged to harbor over 1.000 leasure craft," Piers explains. The old monumental railway ation will be demolished, to e replaced with an ultranjo- ern concern with improved fa- Uities to cater to the railway nd ferry passengers." "I also Want to demolish the Id Thermes and the adjoining otel to put up an ultramodern ure center instead," Piers dded. When all these transforma- ons are completed, all that (ill remain of King Leopold's ouch will be the 'neo-Gothic alhedral and a series of blind rches bordering the prome- ade. The TIMES It On Seven Days a WeeVI Top of The Newi 5th Annual ANTIQUES Show and Sale Rogers Armory October 18,19,20 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 27 DÂ«alÂ«rj Order Now for Christmas And Save On Bronzed Baby Shoes Â·lyle Special Prices Limited Time Only? Your whole family will thank you for "The Gift With thÂ» Lasting Thrill"--Baby's Adorable Shoes Beautifully Bronzed in Solid Metal! Style Â«2--2 shoe Oval Miniature Orig. 21.95 18.H Style 5fr-Book- ends. Beautiful tnd useful. OriJ. 22.95 H.tS Style 82-1 Shoe Handsome Ashtray Grig. 12.95 10.95 Style Si- Unmounted (not shown) Orig. 6.95 ex., 5.95 ea. Style 91--1 Shoe Onyx Paperweight Orig. 14.95 12.95 AND . . . 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