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Formentera's elderly care home will share resources, operate in tandem with Day Centre

ResidenciaEarlier this morning, draft plans were unveiled for Formentera's future senior citizens' residence. Three officials—Jaume Ferrer, president of the Formentera Council, Fina Santiago, the Govern's chief of social services and cooperation, and Santiago's opposite number here on the island—presided over the gathering while Xico Ribas, senior staffer at the CiF Office of Infrastructure, and Andreu Horrach, director general of the Palma administration's department of land, were also in tow.

Construction and funding
One of the new project's star features its proposed location. Officials hope to erect the residence on CiF-held land adjacent to the Formentera Day Centre, a lot that currently serves as a car park for patients and staff. Estimates put the cost of the new building at €1.2m, 70% of which will be picked up by the regional government and 30% by the Formentera Council. Regional subsidies on care for dependent individuals (which range from €63 to 68 per day) mean the building's operating costs will also be shared.

Capacity
The proposed building, whose 14 single and two double rooms are designed to accommodate 18 people, will communicate with the Formentera Day Centre by means of a hallway. According to Xico Ribas, by linking the two buildings, the goal is to take advantage of resources like kitchens, laundry rooms and physical therapy equipment that the Day Centre has already.

President Ferrer hailed Ms Santiago's visit, which was intended to dovetail with the new project's unveiling. As the CiF chair put it, construction of the residence is the latest step in a crusade that began ten years ago with the creation of the Formentera hospital, “so that residents can be born and die with dignity”. “With this new centre,” he pledged, “people who until recently were forced off the island will be able to stay.”

Formentera celebrates World Environment Day with diving tours of posidonia meadows

Posi 050617An exploratory dive of Formentera's marine depths and the natural treasures that teem within—plus a lesson about the invaluable posidonia seagrass—was an honour reserved for the pupils of the primary school in el Pilar de la Mola. As part of World Environment Day, Formentera has embarked on a plan to send 120 local students on snorkel tours of Ses Salines park.

Besides diving, Formentera youth will get a look at “El primer viatge” (The maiden journey). It's the latest instalment of a collection entitled “Els secrets i les aventures de Posi” (The secrets and adventures of Posi), which began with last year's “Posi té un do” (Posi's gift). Led by the professional staff of Vell Marí dive centre, the initiative is powered by Fundació La Caixa (€2,635), the Formentera Council (€1,700) and a three euro contribution from each participant. Each pupil will take home a copy of the storybook.

Future excursions are planned for June 8, 9 and 12. The activity is an offshoot of “Save Posidonia Project”, a Council-backed initiative to spread awareness about the important role played by the native seagrass. Posidonia, an underwater plant species and classified World Heritage Site, faces threats in the form of improper anchoring, untreated sewage spills and climate change, among other perils.

Tour of reforested area of Espalmador
When a carelessly tossed flare sparked a blaze on Espalmador last year, the Balearic ministry of environment responded with reforesting efforts. Now, guided tours offer a close-up look of the island's rehabilitated areas.

On Sunday, June 11, a public tour will set out from the western dock of la Savina harbour, next to the port building. Barca Bahia has offered up its resources so that anyone interested in discovering Espalmador can join in.

Starting out at 11.45am, the tour's guides pledge to have passengers back by 4.15pm and to la Savina by 5.00pm. For their part, organisers of Qué Celeste Festival will host their own event: a talk about the dangers posed by rubbish in the sea followed by a short beach cleanup. Visit the Office of Environment in Sant Ferran or contact the office by telephone (971321210) or e-mail (mediambient@conselldeformentera.cat).

Squares across Formentera welcome back summer music programme

Musica jorge fernandezIn an announcement today, the Formentera Council's Offices of Culture and Local Holidays unveiled the 2017 programme for Música a les Places (Music in the Squares), a yearly concert series synonymous with the return of summer and swelling temperatures. Fashioned for tourists and residents alike, the season-long do aims to energise Formentera's cultural catalogue and boost community use of public spaces. “This is a concert series with a long history on the island,” quipped Susana Labrador, head of Formentera's Office of Culture.

Es Pujols's premier square, plaça d'Europa, will get a dose of world music every Thursday with performances from Antena Libre at 11.00pm in July and August (shows in June and September start an hour earlier). On Tuesdays at 10.00pm, La 22 will serve up an ample helping of latin fusion. Then, on Fridays at 10.00pm at Sant Ferran's prime gathering spot, plaça de l'esglesia, watch out for Música en viu (literally, “live music”). Saturday nights are for jazz, when Formentera's most charming jazz outfit will be called upon to supply the tunes from 10.00pm. According to Labrador, it is Música a les Places's programme (“chock full of celebrated artists from Spain and further afield”) that explains the event's steadily-growing crowds of faithfuls.

Collaborative efforts
Fuelled from the start by support from Antena Libre and the association Jazz & Co, Música a les Places is, at its core, about conserving and fomenting music of all kinds, including live improv performances.

This year's bill is, once again, sponsored by Estrella Galicia. A driving force of music in Spain, the company is right at home backing Música a les Places, an event that spotlights an array of musical styles in one of a kind settings. With a self-proclaimed affinity for independent, alternative festivals, every year Estrella Galicia hosts 150 concerts in venues across Spain. That dedication to music was behind the company's founding of SON Records, a label that has made a name for itself producing indie acts from around the country. The Formentera Council wishes to thank Estrella Galicia for its long-standing commitment to music and culture in our country.

Council and Club de Surf sign deal to start sailing school

Conveni vela 010617Today, CiF president Jaume Ferrer and the deputy director of Club Surf Formentera, Alex Buchau, signed into action a deal to share management of Formentera's municipal sailing school in 2017.

The partnership is aimed at making use of the Formentera Council's provisional la Savina facilities, located alongside s'Estany des Peix on the road that connects to the mouth of the lake.

Under the deal, the Council will pay Club Surf Formentera €18,000 to use the temporary site and additional nautical equipment for a sailing school. In turn, the club promises to hire the necessary personnel to oversee the centre's activities programme and upkeep.

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