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Council announces round of exams for taxi licences

Foto parada taxis formentera1The Formentera Council's Office of Mobility wishes to report it will soon host exams for taxi permits issued by the municipality. The guidelines for the examination process, adopted by the administration and published February 1, 2018 in issue 15 of the regional gazette (BOIB), can also be found in the mobility department's section on the Council website (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat) or at https://goo.gl/Mmx453.

Examinations will take place Wednesday. February 28, 2018. Applications will be accepted by the Council's Registre General, located at the Citizen Information Office, or OAC, at carrer de Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc.

The names of successful and unsuccessful candidates will be published on the administration's bulletin board on February 16.

Vehicle traffic on Formentera's roads network

Carretera-reduxThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility reports that last year from August 3 to 15, the period of the year the island's network of roads experiences its heaviest use, crews gathered figures on how pedestrians, motorists and taxi drivers as well as bicycle, scooter and bus riders use roads to get a clearer picture of mobility on the island.

In an attempt to identify trends, surveyors crunched data against those produced by a similar tally from 2009. They found that nearly across the board, roads are used significantly more than before.

In terms of average daily use, or IMD for an abbreviated term used in Catalan, the only portion of the network where travellers took to the roads less frequently was between es Pujols and ses Illetes. Surveyors noted a 4% drop on that road. Elsewhere, however, upticks ranged from 2 to 26%. The most modest shifts in use (5, 2, -4 and 7%) occurred between la Savina, es Pujols and Sant Ferran, while the highway to Cala Saona saw the steepest hike in congestion, or 26%.

Highway PM-820, which cuts a line across the island from la Savina to la Mola, experienced significant surges (up to 23%) during peak periods of the day, even surpassing theoretical capacity limits set for the stretch from la Savina to es Caló de Sant Agustí. Increases of 14 and 19% were logged on the road between Sant Francesc and the crossing at es Cap de Barbaria's hallmark restaurant. A 10% upturn took place near the Maryland resort between es Caló and la Mola.

From 2016 to 2017, Formentera's population rose by 8% and vehicles (a third of them scooters) multiplied too, increasing 3.5%. Roughly eight thousand scooters and two thousand cars on the island's rental car fleets must be taken into account as well. On average there are 675 vehicles for every thousand residents, nearly 200 more than the national average, or 479:1000.

This Sunday on the island, Carnaval is back

Carnaval-formentera-19 gThe Office of Culture and Festivities announce the celebration this Sunday, February 11 in Sant Francesc, of Carnaval. After a 11.00am roundup where participants can sign up to take part in the day's fancy-dress contest, parade walkers will set out from the sa Senieta car park and tour the town's main roads. Musical duties at this year's event will be handled by the group Aiye Batucada.

The parade route begins on avinguda del Pla del Rei, occupying the bus lane to avoid the roundabout and continuing down carrer d'Eivissa until plaça de la Constitució. From there, revellers along carrers Santa Maria and Marc Ferrer will cheer the parade as participants make their way up carrer Jaume I and return to the city square.

Winners of the fancy-dress contest will be eligible for these cash prizes:

Adult individual
First place €200
Second place €150

Kids' individual
First place €100
Second place €60

First place €300
Second place €200

First place €300
Second place €200

Large groups [over 10]
First place €500
Second place €350

Floats [with vehicle]
First place €950
Second place €650

As the parade comes to an end, DJ Blue and DJ Javi Box will usher Carnaval-goers through a dance party that will go till 2.00pm, when Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school's parents' and teachers' association has planned a lunch to raise money for year-end trips. Food for all those in fancy dress is free.

Save Posidonia Project submission deadline: February 22

posidona m felixThe Formentera Council Offices of Tourism and Environment wish to report that February 22 is the final day to request funding under the Save Posidonia Project. Projects proposed must be related to conservation of posidonia seagrass.

Applicants may represent companies or individuals, and the initiatives they propose must be based on posidonia protection.

Applications should be submitted digitally at the Citizen's Information Office, whether in person at the office's brick-and-mortar location (OAC) or online at the OVAC. After the deadline, proposals will be evaluated by a technical panel of experts from the international, national and local spheres with the help of well-known NGOs. Submissions will be appraised within 20 days and winners will be announced on the Council's bulletin board.

Conditions of application can be found on the website of the Balearic Islands' official gazette (BOIB): goo.gl/STKvQk.

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