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Council unveils new inspection service

Presentacio cos inspeccioToday, on the steps of the Casa Consistorial, the Formentera Council rolled out its new inspection service. At the event were CiF president's office councillor Bartomeu Escandell, councillor of land, tourism and trade Alejandra Ferrer and environment councillor Daisee Aguilera, along with the inspection staff and two recently hired members of the Formentera police force.

Pointing out that the inspection service had been in place for shortly over a week, Councillor Ferrer described the division's role: “To ensure businesses' proper use of public walkways and to enforce the island's ban on 'dynamic publicity'”. Another new endeavour: active monitoring of web-based tourist services, a move it is hoped will assist in articulating long-term protocol.

Ferrer said these first months would be spent “tracking patterns and gathering information” so the Council could adapt regulations to the particular needs that pop up. The inspection service team is composed of nine workers, five enforcement agents, three inspectors and one coordinator. In the coming weeks two new controllers will join the service's ranks.

Environment advocates
Three of the enforcement agents are staff of Formentera's Office of Environment. Department head Daisee Aguilera highlighted the addition this summer of an extra staff member to the inspection crew, who will coordinate activity between Council departments. The three agents —or 'environment advocates'— will be tasked with “supervising correct waste disposal, carrying out checks of beaches and waterfront concession services”. As Aguilera pointed out, this year's inspection service also includes an outreach person for environmental issues. Inspection service workers will have use of the electric Meharis that Citroën recently donated to the island.

Greater police presence
For his part, Councillor Escandell of the president's office introduced two Formentera police officers that started work on July 1. He said the force's expansion reflected a desire by the Council to “lighten the load placed on the local Formentera police force.” Furthermore, he explained that the service, whose staff positions are filled by Council employees, was aimed at “coordinating inspection efforts, checks and safety efforts to ensure rules are upheld and Formentera continues to be a place that balances leisure with tranquility”.

Briefing on inspection service

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5 at 1.00pm, the Formentera Council (CiF) will unveil the administration's new inspection service (Servei d'Inspecció) on the steps of the municipal building, la Casa Consistorial. The presentation will be led by Bartomeu Escandell, president's office councillor, Alejandra Ferrer, councillor of land, and Daisee Aguilera, environment councillor, and will be followed by a media briefing in the plenary hall.

Formentera Council ordered to pay in Ca ses Castellones case

June 17, 2016, the third bench of the administrative court of Palma de Mallorca ruled on a suit brought February 4, 2010 by the Plaça de Sant Ferran company against the Formentera Council. In a qualified ruling, the court set the Council's fine at €1,549,482 plus accrued legal interests.

Alleging damages caused by the cancelation of the works contract, as well as the cost of returning the site to pre-construction conditions, lost earnings and other economic losses, the plaintiff had asked for €5,146,582. The judge overruled the claims based on lost profits and defamation.

Authorisation to demolish the original Ca ses Castellones home in Sant Ferran and the permits to develop commercial spaces on the property were granted April 27, 2005 by the now-defunct Formentera Town Council, or Ajuntament de Formentera, under a coalition government formed by the Partido Popular (PP), Grup Independent de Formentera (GUIF) and Partit Renovador (PREF). 

Moment of silence for victims in Orlando

Foto minut silenci OrlandoThe Formentera Council has joined a motion launched by Federació de Municipis i Províncies, a network of cities and provinces, to observe a minute of silence in condemnation of the horrific acts that recently took place in Orlando. The Council also wishes to extend its support to the victims and their families.

The general public was invited to take part in the moment of silence today at 12 noon on the front steps of the Council. CiF president Jaume Ferrer, as well as CiF councillors and other administration staff, all took part in expressing their profound sadness for the lives lost.

Trasmapi backs social welfare office, promotion costs

rp convenis trasmapiCiF president Jaume Ferrer met earlier today with Trasmapi chair Rafael Cardona to sign off on two bilateral deals between the Council and the transport company. One of the agreements sets out yearly aid for Formentera's Office of Social Welfare. The four thousand euros in assistance will subsidise Formentera-Eivissa travel costs both for at-risk and underprivileged users of the local office and workers within the department.

The other agreement, which was struck with the Office of Tourism and is valid for three years, sets out a yearly sum of 10,000 euros to fund traveller and vehicle costs related to Formentera's tourism campaigns.  Under the agreement, the Formentera Council can use videos and posters on ships along the Eivissa-Formentera route to promote the island as a destination spot.

In addition, Trasmapi agrees to apply a 25% discount on tickets sold to participants of the island's Discover Formentera in May and October campaigns. Also enshrined in the second pact is Trasmapi's commitment to covering costs at the company's Vila office, which carries promotional material about Formentera. Two CiF councillors –Alejandra Ferrer of tourism and Vanessa Parellada of social welfare– were on hand at the signing too.

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