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6A Â· Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1974 FAYITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS Resort Community Has Modem Face ; By RAYMOND BOVE :Â· OSTEND, Belgium (AP) -;, Ostend, the seaside resort for ;, naughty weekends in the gay ;! 'DOs, is going to lose some last Â·f. relics of the Victorians in its Â· first major face lift for nearly Â·; a century. *: The new look will be resolute.' ly modern. Two wars, floods Â·J and real estate developers have 2 already taken a heavy toll of -' the old Ostend. r. The first sight of the conti- 'Â· nent for the eloping couple on ?,, the deck of the plush side- Â·j wheeler from Britain U3ed to be ",' a shoreline of-fussy villus and V gingerbread towers emerging !Â· slowly from the mist. Now it's t an almost unbroken row of high i rise concrete apartment houses. ; The fabulously kitsch casino, i or Kursaal, as it was known * when it was the center of high; Hie in Leopold II's days van~ ished 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 though it still remains a popu lar resort for the not-so-rich. A lot of drinking and jesting is still done in the countless cafes Most of it is done by English men who make the three-and-a half-hour crossing for a taste o continental living. But if the few well-to-do vis itors come only in the \vinte now, the sheer number of les well-endowed tourists mor than makes up the difference. OTHER INDUSTRIES Yet despite an average year ly two million "nights" regis lered by the city's 200 hotels Mayor Piers is well aware tha Oslend has also got to count o oiher industries besides tourisi to keep the resort prosperous Industrial estates will be de veloped southwards to accom modate light, nonpolluting in dustries and the harbor is to b altered to accommodate large merchantmen. But the biggest changes tha are to take place over the nex ten years or so will center o the Atlantic against an Allied '- attack. Practically all that remains .-.' standing to evoke the past ; splendor is the modernized race -_ course and tlie Thermes, or ;- baths, where sea-water therapy is applied for various ailments "; and where a spring provides a v steady running stream of puivg- 1 ent mineral water. There are also the } railway station sitting alongside Â·; the harbor and a handful of ho- r tels. Extending its seaweed-cov- :. ered pillars beyond the harbor ,: stands the old wooden pier, battered by several encounters - with ships tossed about by the 'Â·'. temperamental North Sea. :. TO END EYESORES !: Mayor Piers, the man who :Â· says "nothing is too good for Z Ostend," is firmly intent on re-. moving what he. considers un;. gainly constructions that are an - eyesore in a predominantly ~ modern resort. Â·' Ostend was once known as '- the queen of beaches and the " beach of queens. Mayor Piers v thinks his projects for modern~ Ization may help it recover this ." lost title. But the thousands of Â·,, tourists who flock in every - summer are likely to deter any ". royalty. :-; Leopold II, .the Belgian mon- r. arch who turned the small fish- C ing port of only several hun- ; dred inhabitants into a play; ground for princes and dukes in .- the second half of the 19th cen- Â·; tury, had a private villa built -; at the end of the long prome- - nade. Though modernized on '.' several occasions, the huge red- roofed building hasn't hosted : any member of the royal fami .' ly regularly since the end of C World War II. The villa has ,,' been donated to the city and - will become an international - congress center. " Ostend is no longer a fashion'- able place to snend a holiday. tourism anyway, Piers says. "The yacht port will be e lai'ged to harbor over 1.001 pleasure craft," Piers explain "The old monumental railwa station will he demolished, be replaced with an ultram dern concern with improved f cilities to cater to the railwa and ferry passengers." "I also want to demolish th old Thermes and the adjoinin hotel to put up an ultramoder cure center instead," Pier added. When all these transforma tions are completed, all tha will remain Â· of King Leopold touch will be the neo-Goth cathedral and a series of blinc arches bordering the prom nade. The TIMES Is On Seven Days a Week! Top of The News 5!h Annual ANTIQUES Show and Sale Rogers Armory October 18, 19,20 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 27 Dealers Order Now for Christmas And Save On Bronzed Baby Shoes Style 92 Bronze Special Prices Limited Time Only? Your whole family will thank you for "The Gift With the Lasting Thrill"--Baby's ,Adorable Shoes Beautifully Bronzed in Solid Metal! 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