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Representatives huddle for first full-house assembly of term

ple-juliol-20191The Consell de Formentera called council members today to the July plenary assembly—the first full-house session of the new legislative term. The session brought cross-party support for a proposed update of the Consell's organisational rules. Assembly members agreed to ask the parliamentary spokespersons' committee (Junta de Portaveus) to study a path forward.

Councillor of General Services, Bartomeu Escandell, pointed out that, since passing in March 2010, the rules, or Reglament Orgànic, “are what's given us our unique status as an administration at both the municipal and island levels. We think it's appropriate, nine years on, to update it for today's reality”.

Representatives agreed to urge the Balearic Parlament to expedite measures towards new legislation governing the island councils, or consells, that recognises the singularity of the Consell de Formentera, and puts the legal framework in place to organise and regulate it.

Upgrades at nature reserve
Support also came for a proposal from Sa Unió de Formentera PP-Compromís about accessibility at ses Salines natural reserve. Brokered by the GxF-PSOE Governing Team, the measure passed with “yes” votes from the 11 councillors of the cabinet, and despite the 6 opposition councillors' abstention.

Mobility councillor Rafael González stressed that the beaches located in ses Salines are among the island's leading draws for tourists, meaning “at rush hour, demand outstrips supply” in terms of parking spots for personal cars.

González framed the proposal as “enlisting tech to go beyond the Sustainable Mobility Strategy's backing of more sustainable modes of transport” to “improve the information we provide ses Salines' visitors about access and what parking conditions to expect”.

Another proposal launched by Sa Unió and brokered by the GxF-PSOE Governing Team concentrated on training opportunities in music and dance on the island. The measure passed despite Sa Unió abstention.

The measure calls on the Balearic Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the Consell de Formentera to “work together to find an integrative solution to accredited and non-accredited studies in elementary and professional music and dance that uses public money in a way that is smart, efficient and responsible”.

Other proposals
The proposed configuration of the island's coalition of community stakeholders was ratified by unanimous vote. A vote to empower the Consell de Formentera president to oversee so-called special interest declarations for public works and other projects, and a vote to rewrite the waste collection contract with CESPA, both passed despite Sa Unió abstention.

31 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Consell celebrates Diada de Formentera

2019diada1The Consell de Formentera hosted its celebration of the Diada de Formentera by honouring local residents and businesses with awards—the island's gold medal (Medalla d'Or) and the Premis Sant Jaume. The 8.30pm ceremony took place at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Sant Jaume awards
One of the Sant Jaume awards goes to AECC Formentera. The Formentera chapter of the Asociación Española contra el Cáncer, from its leadership to its corps of volunteers, work with selfless generosity to better the lives of people living with cancer, to accompany and support them and their families, not only acting as advocates for those who are suffering, but also supporting prevention efforts in building awareness around health issues.

Jazz&Co also received the distinction. In twenty-five years, they have become an unavoidable feature of our cultural landscape. The group is synonymous with summer nights, and live (particularly jazz) music in the squares of Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, and bringing into the fold both local talent and international names.

The other Premi Sant Jaume goes to Can Forn in Sant Francesc, for sixty years of service as a family-run, local shop, and one which, across the generations, has stayed true to its original allure as a neighbourhood outpost.

Gold medal
This year's Medalla d'Or will go to Formenterers Solidaris in recognition of the charitable, altruistic and humanitarian work the association performs to address the needs of the less fortunate through support and orientation, as well as local funding for aid and development projects across the globe.

A representative of the group expressed appreciation for the award on behalf of other honourees, and President Alejandra Ferrer gave an address to the crowd in which she saluted this year's winners.

The prize-winners are “a mirror where we can see ourselves reflected", said Ferrer, "You reflect us, and that's a great and fantastic responsibility”. “Your deeds and values are commendable, and we hope they guide us as a people”.

The evening concluded with a performance by local band Sweet Lure. Among those in attendance were the Balearic first minister Francina Armengol and deputy first minister Juan Pedro Ylanes; not to mention Sílvia Tur, Formentera's provincial councillor at the regional parliament; Vicenç Thomas, the body's chairman; Consell d'Eivissa president Vicent Marí; Santa Eulària mayor Carmen Ferrer; and Consell de Formentera leadership.

24 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera lifeguard crew huddles for group photo

foto-grup-socorristes-2019v3-1President Alejandra Ferrer and interior councillor Josep Marí stood in plaça de la Constitució today for a group photo with the Consell de Formentera lifeguards of 2019.

From 15 June to 15 September —the high season— the 23-person corps of lifeguards will stand guard over beaches at ses Illetes, Cala Saona, Llevant, Arenals and es Pujols.

The team slims down to 15 from the 15th to the 30th of September, and drops down to 10 from 30 September to 31 October. Lifeguard and rescue service is maintained on the island thanks to Consell de Formentera funding from 1 May to 31 October.

Accessible, 'heart safe' beaches
Arenals and es Pujols have been fitted for adapted swim for individuals with reduced mobility. The service can be requested —only when the green flag is raised— from 12 noon to 5.00pm.

Every lifeguard station on the island is equipped with a defibrillator to assist in cases of cardiac and pulmonary arrest.

To check sea conditions, visit www.platgesdebalears.com.

Formenterers Solidaris get Formentera's gold medal

ple-sant-jaume-distincionsv21In a special full-house assembly today, cross-party support came from within the Consell de Formentera to honour individuals and businesses in commemoration of the island's patron saint, Sant Jaume, on the Diada de Formentera 2019.

Consell president Alejandra Ferrer made the announcement that this year's gold medal —the Medalla d'Or— would go to Formenterers Solidaris. Ferrer spoke of “the charitable, altruistic and humanitarian work this association performs to service the needs of the less fortunate—through support and orientation, and local funding for aid and development projects across the globe.”

Premis Sant Jaume

One Sant Jaume award goes to AECC Formentera. The Formentera chapter of the Asociación Española contra el Cáncer, “from its leadership to its corps of volunteers, work with selfless generosity to better the lives of people living with cancer, to accompany and support them and their families” said the president. “They not only act as advocates for those who are suffering, but also support prevention efforts in building awareness around health issues.”

Jazz&Co will also receive the distinction. “In twenty-five years, they've become a key feature of our cultural landscape” said the president. She called the group “synonymous with summer nights, and live —and especially jazz— music in the squares of Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran” and applauded them for “bringing into the fold both local talent and international names”.

The final Premi Sant Jaume will go to Can Forn in Sant Francesc. “For sixty years of service as a family-run, local shop”, Ferrer beamed, “and one which, across the generations, has stayed true to its original allure as a neighbourhood outpost”.

On behalf of the entire governing team, President Ferrer saluted this year's winners. An awards ceremony will accompany Diada de Formentera celebrations on 24 July. The event starts at 8.30pm in the Culture department's sala d'Actes.

17 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Regional environment chief makes first official visit to Formentera

foto-reunio---amb-apb-1-1This morning at 10.30am, three Consell de Formentera officials —President Alejandra Ferrer, territory councillor Rafael González, and environment councillor Antonio Sanz— met in the sala d'Actes with the Govern balear's minister of environment and territory, Miquel Mir.

So far this legislative term, this is Mir's first meeting with his opposite numbers on the island, not to mention with the Consell chief. During the meeting, participants reviewed what they expect to be the biggest challenges over the four coming years.

President Ferrer identified one of the top priorities as regulating moorage on local shores, “as well as all the consensus-building with [coastal authority] Demarcación de Costas that the effort will entail”. Another key initiative is the regulation of estany des Peix. Ferrer said that that project, which is now awaiting an expected green-light from the coastal agency, needs help from the nautical sector for rollout to be successful. The president also pledged the administration would “work to find solutions for any person or business whom the current plan might leave in a regulatory vacuum”.

Formentera officials spoke with the regional minister about issues like administrative improvements at ses Salines nature reserve, crafting the “Posidonia Decree”, renewing efforts to keep local snake numbers in check, and working on continued upgrades to the water grid, the es Ca Marí sanitation grid and the es Pujols sewage pump.

Mir, for his part, said the gathering helped lay the groundwork for “renewed responsiveness to the needs and requests of Formentera residents”. Getting there, he said, will mean coordinating efforts between the Govern balear and Consell de Formentera, and engaging in bilateral work.


15 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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