The Municipality of Glyfada, in southern Athens, was awarded control of its beaches yesterday as part of an ambitious plan aimed at helping local officials develop the beach area. KED, the Public Real Estate Corporation, signed over control of five beaches, stretching over 2 kilometers, to the municipality. According to sources, a project involving a new pathway for pedestrians and cyclists along the tramline in Glyfada will be tendered off to a private company in a plan expected to be completed by the end of next year. An initial project study is expected to be completed in about a month. Deputy Finance Minister Petros Doukas was present at the signing yesterday and said the changes will help to provide an improved leisure area for residents. According to the deputy minister, the plan also involves banning the operation of nightspots in the area.