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Council puts together community clean-up of seafloor

neteja fons mari foto cif premsaThe Formentera Council's bureau of environmental affairs has announced it is organising a clean-up of Formentera's surrounding seafloor. Anyone interested in participating can register by calling 971 32 12 10 or emailing infoambiental@conselldeformentera.cat.

A meeting point has been set on Saturday September 24 at 9.00am in front of la Savina's Formentera Mar tower. According to CiF environment head Daisee Aguilera, organisers waited for the season's end because summer is when plastic and other litter are most abundant in the island's waters. The area of clean-up will extend from la Savina to Espalmador, Aguilera said, explaining that that is where boat traffic is highest. She also acknowledged that the scope of the intervention would depend on volunteer turnout and the weather.

The current initiative is part of a broader push for environmental awareness that the Council has driven all season long. Aguilera described the freshly created post of door-to-door canvasser, a person who will visit businesses, restaurants and hotels to educate people about correct rubbish disposal and improving Formentera's image.

The councillor thanked Ferrovial Services, S'Aigu Formentera, Orcasub, Blue Adventure Diving Formentera and Carbónicas Tur for their support in organising the project. Sponsor companies will provide boats, snorkelling equipment and snacks for volunteers. The Council will also present volunteers with a free set of Formentera's newest permanent recycling bags.

Crews tame forest blaze

incendi forestalIn an announcement from the president's office, the Formentera Council reported that a wildfire that broke out at 11.45am this morning and ultimately swept through some 0.71 hectares of pine forest between Venda del Molí and s'Estany Pudent had already been given “controlled” status by 1.30pm today. The news was relayed by the chief firefighter on the scene, an employee of the Govern Balear's environment department. In the words of CiF president's office councillor Bartomeu Escandell, firefighting crews are presently “busy keeping the ground in the affected area waterlogged” and are expected to downgrade the blaze to “extinguished” by this afternoon.

The CiF fire brigade's arsenal, which includes four firemen, two lorries and a pick-up, complimented the work done by Ibanat, the Balearic Islands' institute of nature. Explaining the relatively quick work crews made of the flames, Escandell pointed to the assistance provided by emergency crews as well as an ample supply of other resources. Along with the two squads that traveled to the island, a staff specialist, a head firefighter, two AMA agents and two rapid-response specialists, three planes and two helicopters were also dispatched to control the flames. Escandell was quick to praise the work of six civil protection volunteers, water lorry operators and the efforts of local police and Guardia Civil. The causes of the fire are still a mystery, and Escandell asked the people of the island to remain vigilant, calling current fire risk “very elevated”.

On cultural tour, a stop at Formentera

Foto visita actefIn an announcement issued this morning by the Office of Culture, the Formentera Council reported that participants of ACTEF, an Eivissa/Formentera gifted students programme, had made a cultural visit to the island as part of an initiative called Erasmus +. After a first stop at Formentera's ethnological museum, the students visited several other local heritage sites, like the dry docks of Es Caló de Sant Agustí and la Mola's “old windmill” (el Molí Vell). The Council contributed logistical support and coordinated transport for the group.

Crews break ground Monday at Sant Francesc industrial park

imatge inici obres formentera 6 de setembre 2016Rafael González, chair of the department of infrastructure of the Formentera Council, has announced that Monday September 12 will see the start of construction on the unpaved road that grants access to the rubbish tip (known locally as the Deixalleria) located in Sant Francesc's industrial park.

Besides a freshly resurfaced thoroughfare, the project will bring to the area services like santitation, drinking water, power, street lighting and high-speed internet. The work is scheduled last four months and carries a pricetag of €600,000.

The road, said González, will be closed to traffic during construction, meaning access to the tip will be limited to a single road that links to the site's central entrance. The temporary connector, which is marked with signage, also provides access to the island's vehicle test site, ITV.

Court dismisses Palma delegation's suit questioning legality of call for new recruits

foto policia localThe president's office of the Formentera Council announced today that the fifth chamber of a Palma court for administrative litigation had thrown out a suit brought by a state prosecutor representing the regional government in the Balearics. Dated September 1, 2016, the verdict dismisses the prosecution's case and orders the Spanish state to pay related court costs.

The state's counsel had challenged a decision by the Formentera Council, August 22, 2014, to green-light a call for nine new recruits to the island's local police force. The prosecutor unsuccessfully charged that the central government's ban on new hires applied to action by the Council. Escandell hailed the verdict as “confirm[ing] the legality of the Council's effort to consolidate the local police force”.

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