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Formentera lifeguards back on the beach

foto 2021 socorrisme AThe Formentera Department of Interior reports that tomorrow will mark the start of a new season for lifeguards on local beaches. The service extends from 1 May to 31 October and is funded by the administration.

Ten lifeguards will take to their stations tomorrow and another 12 will join the ranks at the start of June. The full crew, 23 staff members in all, remains on duty until 30 September. The crew shrinks to 10 lifeguards and the team’s coordinator in October.

Interior chief Josep Marí pointed out that openings would soon be listed for new recruits to the local team. Applicants must be accredited to work in natural outdoor settings.

Refresher course
Yesterday and today lifeguard and rescue staff completed refresher courses for some of the most frequent parts of the job, like reanimation and emergency preparedness.

In the low-season months of May and October, lifeguards patrol Ses Illetes, Llevant and Arenals. From June to September, service expands to cover El Pas des Trucadors, El Tanga, Es Pujols, Cala Saona and Es Caló.

Adapted and ‘heart safe’ beaches
Es Arenals and Es Pujols beaches are both equipped to allow swimming for individuals with reduced mobility. The service is available 12 noon to 5.00pm (green flag hours); at Arenals, from May to October and at Es Pujols, from June to September (both inclusive).

Defibrilators are available everywhere lifeguard services are offered in case of cardiac arrest.

For information about sea conditions, visit www.platgesdebalears.com.

30 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera says local law enforcement needs additional officers, inter-agency coordination to make summer safe as possible

foto 2021 JLS BMembers of Formentera’s Local Security Council (Junta Local de Seguretat) convened today for an ordinary session chaired by Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and Madrid’s envoy in the Balearics, Enrique Sanchez Navarrete. Other face-to-face and online attendees included Manuel Hernández, chief commissioner of the National Police of Eivissa; Enrique Gómez Bastida, head of operations for the Balearic Islands Civil Guard; Francisco Javier López, Civil Guard captain; the heads of the Formentera Civil Guard; Formentera Local Police chief Félix Ramos and the head of the local Civil Protection corps, Francisco Moya. Among the political figures present were local interior chief Josep Marí, chief of social welfare and PSOE rep Rafael Ramírez, Gent per Formentera rep Bartomeu Escandell, Sa Unió rep Lorenzo Córdoba, regional director general of emergencies and interior Jaume Barceló and head of Balearic Islands Institute of Public Safety (ISPIB) Vicenç Martorell.

Alejandra Ferrer presented the Tourism Reactivation Plan (Pla de Reactivació Turística) to meeting attendees, pointing to the document’s division into public health measures, controls and outreach. Speaking after the gathering, Ferrer shared her hopes that the island would once again receive summer reinforcements of Civil Guard officers specialised in marine protections, maritime rescue operations, civil protection and traffic enforcement. She also asked for “reinforcements from the Balearic office of emergencies to enforce Covid safety regulations at businesses and speed up case investigations”.

Coordination
Ferrer called for working meetings to“coordinate measures scheduled to take effect after emergency orders are lifted and see how we can make summer as safe and peaceful as possible and ensure an appropriate strategy for dealing with crowds”.

For his part, Sánchez Navarrete asserted such meetings were “key to improving coordination, particularly at this stage of the pandemic”and praised collaboration between the Consell and the Civil Guard, National Police and regional representatives generally. He also made assurances that the ROCA team and maritime and traffic officers of the Civil Guard would be among Formentera’s summer reinforcements.

Additionally on the agenda was Formentera’s signing of an agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Interior and Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) to improve care for victims of gender violence.

Lastly, attendees were briefed on the falling rate of local crime — a reality President Ferrer took care to nuance: “In a winter as unusual as this one, it’s impossible to compare figures from other years”.

29 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Alejandra Ferrer urges Negueruela to seek collaboration on reopening roadmap and summer 2021 strategy

foto 2021 neguerelaConsell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer sat down today with Iago Negueruela, the Balearic minister of the economic model, tourism and labour, for a gathering that was also attended by Ana Juan, the island’s deputy premiere and chair of the commerce and entrepreneurship departments; local finance and economy chief Bartomeu Escandell; regional director general of tourism Rosana Morillo and, from Formentera employers’ associations, Pep Mayans (president of the small- and medium-sized business group, or Pimef), Juanma Costa (Chamber of Commerce) and Vicent Tur (Hotel Federation of Formentera, AHF).

At the meeting President Ferrer detailed the tourism reactivation plan adopted last week by the Commission for Tourism Development and Promotion (COPT). The plan comprises four parts: public health measures; control and education; economic response; marketing and tourism strategy.

Diagnostic tests
The Consell and employers’ groups asked Negueruela for help on public health measures being requested by travellers’ countries of origin and, according to the premiere, “described joint efforts already under way to scale local testing for islanders and visitors”.

“In fact”, said Ferrer, “we’ve already contacted companies specialising in PCR and antigen testing to see what they can offer locally and how competitively it can be priced”. Local government and the sector will collaborate to ensure testing costs approximate those in other regions, she said. “And we’ve also asked the regional government for support”, she explained. The leaders hope the service will also facilitate regular testing for employers and workers, serving as a public health guardrail until herd immunity is achieved.

Roadmap
President Ferrer also pressed Negueruela to set a timetable for the lockdown exit strategy, starting with the end of emergency orders and looking ahead to summer measures. She urged the minister to be mindful of the specificities of Formentera, and said health authorities should seek consensus with the Consell and island business, as they the ones who must ultimately implement the chosen strategy.

Likewise, Ferrer stressed the importance of having a hotel on the island where covid-19-positive tourists could self-isolate as in 2020.

Ferrer said Covid data should indicate whether patients are tourists or residents so that the accumulated incidence rate truly reflects the situation of the local population. For his part, Minister Negueruela made assurances that he has already passed this request on to the central government.

Economic measures
Negueruela pointed to an expected €855-million agreement with the Ministry of Finance would facilitate direct aid to local companies.

After the gathering with business representatives, Ferrer and Negueruela dedicated a subsequent tête-à-tête to, in the premiere’s words, “seeing how synergies can be improved in the way we court tourists”.


28 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell unlocks €30K for old people’s clubs

foto 2021 conveni club majorEarlier today, Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer signed partnership agreements freeing up €30,000 to steward maintenance, services and activities at Formentera’s four seniors’ clubs in 2021. Deputy premiere and chair of the elderly department Ana Juan was also on hand at the signing.

Deals were signed with Julián Galindo, chair of the Formentera Retirees’ and Pensioners’ Club of Sant Francesc (€11,000); Rita Costa, chair of Sant Ferran Social Centre for the Elderly (€8. 8,000); Maria Costa, chair of La Savina Retirees’ and Pensioners’ Club (€5,500) and Jaume Escandell, chair of El Pilar Seniors’ Association (€5,500).

28 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Municipal legal team clears Consell de Formentera of wrongdoing in UGT-challenged contract

The Consell de Formentera reports that the island’s state-accredited clerk has issued a legal report regarding whether the government acted lawfully when it contracted a worker who was on voluntary leave. The contract in question was challenged last week in a press release by local UGT representative Jose Ramon Mateos.

The secretary notes in the report that no rules were broken when work was commissioned under a “minor” €3,485 three-month contract.

As the Formentera jurist points out, “the upshot of legislation on public administration employment is that, for conflict to exist, the staff member must be actively employed, and this is not the case”.

It follows, according to the report, that no rule is broken when a contract concerns a project started by the employee in question during active employment, which that person alone can perform and which is the exclusive remit of the same.

“Special arrangements have been accorded to Consell staff for previously initiated work which is to be completed off site. In the same way, when the Consell requests work on a project in the ambit of a worker on leave, there is plausible internal interest, meaning such contracts are not unlawful”, the report reads.

The Consell de Formentera defends the presumption of legality as it concerns the transparency and professionalism of municipal staff.

23 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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