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image by eljko Heimer, 15 October 2005
The web site of the community at <www.dugirat.com> has a small
image of the Coat of Arms, that is more or less adequate for the
Dugi Rat is a community with 6,500 inhabitants on coastlien between Split and Omis in the Split-Dalmatia County.
The design seems "simple" eoung that we could assume that the flag would have been adopted at once - it looks like something the Ministry would approve, but it is probably too early to tell.
eljko Heimer, 26 April 2004
Tomislav ipek located an image of the flag of Dugi Rat
at their website.
The flag is blue with the yellow bordered coat of arms in the
eljko Heimer, 15 October 2005
On the official
community web site, the coat of arms and flag are shown - the
introduction to the page explains that the Ministry of
Administration granted the permition to Dugi Rat to use the coat
of arms and the flag and the there is provided the blazon of the
coat of arms and the flag.
It may be noted that the drawings slightly differ from the one I posted (which is not odd - I was working from a very small source drawing myself) - but odd is that these drawinsg are in some details different from the coat of arms used in the headers of the official gazettes (the main difference is the shape of the sail at point where it is touching the mast below - the gazette design shows "knots" or "rings" around the mast while the web version is much simpler. The web version also have the mast forming a single element with the shield golden outline. This last issue makes me suspect that the web version is not official drawing, but prepared by someone else "unofficially" - although it may well be that this one is in use as well (it would not be heraldically improper). In any case, I asked the community by e-mail, we shall see if they respond.
An other issue are the gazettes. The 1996 gazette includes the decision on the coat of arms and flag: Odluka o grbu i zastavi opcine Dugi Rat, 21. 11. 1996, "Slubeni glasnik", slubeno glasilo opcine Dugi Rat, br. 3/1996, 23. 12. 1996, str. 41-43.
Even though the mentioned gazete already includes the current coat of arms in its header (which means probably nothing else but that the file was prepared some time after the adoption of the current coat of arms), the decision describes something entirely different. The coat of arms is described as shield-shaped, divided into two parts by two golden wavy lines, symbolizing the sea. The chief is white and includes St. George on a horse, representing the Poljica Republic, and in the base of blue is a "bracera", symbolizing the lower Poljica. The flag is white, rectangular, with the coat of arms of Dugi Rat in its top left corner.
Poljica mentioned in the description above is the region to the south and east of Split, and north of Omi, along the coast and inlands encompassing the Mosor mountain. Since 13th century the region had a high degree of self-government, as the Republic of Poljica until its downfall with Napoleons conquests. Unlike the better known Republic of Dubrovnik (Ragusa) further south, that was aristocratic in character, the Poljica was a peasant's republic. According to some theories, the Tomas More's "Utopia" was partially based on the society in Poljica (although this may be a bit far fetched, there are certain similarities between his ideas and determination of the Statutes of 1440.) In Western sources the region is better known under the Italian spelling of the name Poglizza.
A bracera (bratzera) is a traditional type of a sail boat used in Eatsern Adriatic, with a single mast with a Latin sail on a crossbar. It may also be propelled by rowing.
It seems clear that this design could not pass the criteria of the central authorities and it was probably soon replaced with the current design. However, in the official gazettes available on-line there is no any other decision issues to superseed the 1996 decision. However, the 2001 Statutes already include the new design: Statut Opcine Dugi Rat, 12.10.2001. "Slubeni glasnik", slubeno glasilo opcine Dugi Rat, br. 2/2001, 22. 10. 2001, str. 7-23. The Statutes describe the coat of arms and the flag as we know it with one difference - the coat of arms in the flag is said to be bordered with green border. I am not sure if this is simply a typo - if it is, it was not noticed and stands the same in the amended text in gazette 4/2006.
eljko Heimer, 28 August 2009
image by eljko Heimer, 26 April 2004