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Island law enforcement cite 19 for violating public health protocol

Officers of the Formentera Local Police and Civil Guard ticketed 19 individuals yesterday at 7.15pm for failure to comply with public health orders.

At approximately 7.00pm a private citizen notified authorities that thirty-some mask-less individuals were flouting distancing protocol and were gathered near a dry-dock on Migjorn beach. Law enforcement appeared on the scene and identified a group of 19 people in violation of mask rules and regulations limiting social gatherings to six individuals from no more than two households.

The offenders were ticketed, citations which will be processed by the Balearic office of emergencies and the interior.

The Consell de Formentera premiere once again asked islanders to act responsibly and comply with all public health protocol: “After many restrictions that have affected each and every one of us, the epidemiological situation is now quite favourable and the summer season is in sight. But, things can change at the drop of a hat and threaten all of our wellbeing and jeopardise our economy”. “It’s not fair that a few irresponsible individuals endanger the sacrifices we’ve all made and the long route we’ve tread”, she said. Ferrer closed by encouraging islanders to collaborate by reporting rule breakers.

Yesterday Formentera Local Police pressed charges against a business for violation of public health regulations related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Law enforcement will be reinforcing controls this weekend, enlisting drones to patrol remote corners of the island.

6 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera opens case following local business’s defiance of public health protocol

Formentera Local Police are pressing charges against a Sant Ferran business after officers found total capacity was exceeded and patrons were smoking in outdoor seating areas — both violations of public health rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pursuit of the charges will depend on the Balearic office of emergencies, but considering previous citations and temporary shuttering for flouting Covid measures, the Consell de Formentera will ask the regional government to close the business.

Once again local officials urge islanders and Formentera business owners to act responsibly amid the ongoing pandemic. Strict compliance with safety protocol is crucial to avoiding flare-ups that risk undermining public health and the start of the season. For this reason, local law enforcement will be reinforcing controls and patrols at the weekend.

5 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera halts illegal construction on Estany Pudent canal

foto 2021 obres il.legalsThe local offices of inspection and land have ordered crews to cease installation of a sluice gate on the canal connecting Estany Pudent to the nearby sea. The individuals executing the work had failed to notify local departments of environment, heritage and land.

Local inspection services, Formentera Local Police and agents of the regional environment ministry and coastal authority arrived on the scene after the island’s inspection services received news at 10.00am this morning of activity in a highly ecologically fragile area of Ses Salines nature reserve. A case will be opened to determine what legal action is pursued.

5 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Researchers share results from Save Posidonia Project’s premier winner, ‘Antroposi’

cartell 2021 antroposiThe Formentera offices of tourism and environment report that architects of an effort to study the direct impact of drainage pipes, watercraft and human activity on posidonia meadows in the Anthropocene will share their findings in a 6.30pm YouTube presentation on Wednesday 10 March. Researchers in the Imedea-backed “Antroposi” project walked away with €83,822 in funding after beating out the competition in the inaugural edition of the Consell de Formentera’s Save Posidonia Project. For more than a year, researchers looked at various segments of Formentera’s surrounding seafloor in a bid to deepen understanding of how the more high impact human activities like sewage discharge and boats dropping anchors and navigating above meadows of Posidonia oceanica seagrass. Imedea researcher Iris Hendricks will lead the presentation.

5 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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