PASSION ACCORDING TO OSEJAVA

PASSION ACCORDING TO OSEJAVA

The largest private investment in tourism at the end of 1920s was the opening of the Osejava Hotel. The investor, Dr. Negrini, wrote back and forth to the competent offices and lost time on bureaucracy. Even though the municipality was open-minded about the project, jealous competitors and unsettled bills made the whole process difficult. As soon as he started collecting the necessary documentation, the secretary, Mr. Z., infamous for asking bribes for issuing passports for America, was involved in this case as well. While emigrants sued him for having to bring prosciutto and demijohns of sweet wine in order to get their passports, he asked for more complex favours from Dr. Negrini for the documentation. Based on witnesses’ testimonies, it was established that Mr. Z. “clearly intoxicated, loudly shouted at Dr. Negrini in the middle of the seafront promenade – Use your connections to get my nephew a law firm and you will get all the permissions straight away!”

When the blackmail was disclosed, a problem occurred. With the help of the municipal secretary, the head of the village of Kotišina, Srzić, who had many family ties to the secretary, claimed the right of the village to charge for the stone excavated for construction works on the new building. In doing so, he referred to the cadastre right of Kotišina to Osejava. And that was paid off.

After all the shenanigans, Osjeava was finally opened in all its glory. The new hotel advertisement said that it had 45 modern rooms, daily delivery of fresh food, a rich wine cellar, its own beach and a great night life. In the context of new property relations in the communist Yugoslavia, the hotel was later given to the youth of Makarska. This is what is says today in the deed of donation signed by Negrini’s widow. It is not known whether true philanthropy or an easy way to get rid of private property during communism was behind this. Whether the donation was honest or forced, it can be assumed that it was more elegant to donate it than wait for it to be taken away. But this is only one opinion and it does not question the honesty of the donation itself. Osejava was years ago, just as it is today, a subject of conflict of interest and different disputes.