A blueprint for the re-development of Stranraer's waterfront is already attracting significant interest from private sector investors.
Private developers have been eyeing up Stranraer harbour
The strategy was recently published jointly by Dumfries and Galloway's enterprise company and council.
They are now seeking tenders to construct a breakwater to pave the way for a new marina.
The project - which includes leisure, housing and retail developments - has sparked a number of external inquiries.
The council's regeneration manager Tony Fitzpatrick said word about the scheme appeared to have already reached important potential investors.
"We have yet to go out and actually market it with developers at UK or European level," he said.
"We are already seeing some major interest informally.
"The word is out that things are happening on the west coast and in Stranraer. That is already prompting some major developers to make informal contacts."