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Venice justice of peace office costs 2.6 mln euros in rent

Mayor wants to relocate from St Mark's Square

Venice justice of peace office costs 2.6 mln euros in rent

Venezia, November 23 - Cash-strapped administrators in Venice are pushing to relocate three justices of the peace whose medieval offices in St Mark's Square cost 2.6 million euros a year in annual expenses. Mayor Giorgio Orsoni has moved to relocate the 11-person staff to newly built offices in Piazzale Roma, near the train station. The city has already relocated offices for the anti-mafia administration and various police organs, which were previously located next to the justices' offices in the historic Procuratie Vecchie, owned and rented out by insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali. "It was one of the things I've wanted to eliminate as soon as possible," said the mayor. "But the lease wasn't up with Generali. We had to negotiate". The Procuratie Vecchie, literally Old Procuracies, date back to the 12th century and were offices for Venetian administrators during the Republic's ascent to empire and until its fall at the end of the 18th century.

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