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Many candidates interested in running small Dutch island

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AMSTERDAM Dutch Forestry Service Staatsbosbeheer is looking for management proposals of a small island located in the IJmeer near Amsterdam. Vuurtoreneiland (which translates as Lighthouse Island), the size of two soccer fields, is the site of a small, abandoned fort which now is in disrepair. The island is part of the 1893 Stelling van Amsterdam defense line, along with Fort Diemerdam and the somewhat better known Pampus Island. The defense line is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. The contracting out procedure for Vuurtoreneiland has been scheduled for early next year. So far, about two hundred people have expressed an interest in the venture.