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Council, Govern join forces “to enhance fishing inspections”

sortida inspeccio pescaFormentera Council (CiF) cabinet office and rural affairs councillor Bartomeu Escandell held a meeting today with Joan Mercant, the director general of fishing of the regional government in Palma, at the head office of the CiF. Also in attendance were members of the Council's fishing inspection crew and workers on the Es Freus marine reserve of Eivissa and Formentera. Following the gathering the officials took part in a routine check of the island's waters.

The representatives of local and regional government agreed to grant employees of both administrations the ability to board inspection watercraft, allowing marine reserve staff and the Council's surveillance team to work together, “making fishing inspections more effective,” explained Councillor Escandell.

Director General Mercant said the change would “optimise resources,” while nevertheless affirming that the long-term goal was to increase the number of inspection crews patrolling the waters. For his part, Councillor Escandell expressed his hope the deal be renewed annually.

Sign-ups for classes at municipal pool start Wednesday, August 10

natacioThe Formentera Council's Office of Sport has announced the start of registration, next Wednesday, August 10, for the municipal pool's 2016-2017 round of swimming classes. All those interested have got until August 29 to sign up at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.

Learning groups will include: two groups of year-plus infants; 25 groups of children aged three to twelve, divided into five levels; nine groups of children 12 and up; one group of expecting mothers; three groups for Aqua Fitness and one easy gymnastics group. All told, it is hoped that some 110 adults and 200 newborns, infants and youth will participate.

Classes will be in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Most will last 45 minutes, though some classes for adults will meet only for a half-hour. Classes begin September 12 and run the length of the school year.

Heart of Es Pujols and seaside promenade to get make-over this winter

projecte es pujols - vista passeig 1Earlier today in a one-off plenary session, CiF council members adopted —despite abstention from Compromís per Formentera— a plan to repave an arterial and reconstruct various pieces of urban furniture in Es Pujols. Construction, which will affect the centre of Es Pujols as well as the passeig marítim, the town's waterside promenade, will begin November 1, reported the Council's infrastructure councillor Rafael González.

The improvements will include a full reconstruction of utilities in the area: sanitation (rain water collection and sewage), water supply (fire hydrants and street cleaning), electricity and telecommunication. The street in question will be repaved using the same stone as what was employed for a remodel of carrer Roca Plana. Other changes will involve a new, integrated seaside walkway and various aesthetic improvements, including removing a stone wall and creating a wooden promenade.

The project has an estimated price tag of 2,445,750.68 euros and is expected to be complete in six months. This year a budget line for some 330,000 euros will be freed up in order to cover construction costs. Said Councillor González, next year, the remaining cost will be covered by a combination of the Council's own, as well as external, funding.

Formal dissolution of Formentera development group now under way

rsz reunio junta rectora cfdToday, Wednesday August 3, the directive board of Consorci Formentera Desenvolupament (“Formentera development consortium”) convened in the plenary hall of the Formentera Council. After the meeting, CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, councillor of the president's office, spoke before members of the press.

The president explained how representatives of the CiF, the Govern Balear and the Eivissa Council “have begun administrative and legal proceedings to dissolve the consortium”.

The group was created in 2001 to secure funding sources (particularly from the Palma government and the then integrated Council of Eivissa and Formentera) and drive investment to mitigate Formentera's deficit. In Ferrer's words, “the group served an important purpose and the Formentera Council will now assume full control of its administration and investments”.

“Today we started taking administrative steps to ultimately achieve the group's definitive dissolution,” he added. The consortium's directive body green lighted the start of dissolution proceedings, which, according to Ferrer, “will be effective before year-end”.

For his part, Councillor Escandell said the process was in tune with the CiF's policy of “streamlining administrative processes by avoiding expenditures such as those related to staffing and rent”.

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