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Consell tenders out creation of Formentera’s first catalogue of roads

foto 2020 cataleg de caminsThe Formentera heritage office reports that bidding has opened for the contract to complete a registry of island roads. Local decision makers voted in plenary in January to prioritise preparation of a catalogue covering some three hundred local roads as part of Formentera’s Pla Insular de Gestió del Patrimoni Cultural (Cultural Heritage Management Plan) for 2020 and 2021. The contract is valued at €170,000 (VAT not included) and the selected firm will have three years to produce the catalogue.

Patrimony consellera Raquel Guasch said the call for bids was “an important step in the creation of the first catalogue of island roads—essential to understanding local history”. “The finished product will contain both technical descriptions of local roads and insight into anthropological, cultural and heritage aspects to enhance the strength and value of the catalogue. According to the terms of the invitation to tender, the enterprise must be piloted by a five-person interdisciplinary team including a cultural anthropologist, two historians, a topographer and a legal expert.

Guasch said limited human resources were to blame when an earlier agreement between local government and Obra Cultural Balear failed to take wing in 2012. Information collected at that time about the location, description and historical interest of roads in Porto-salè, La Miranda, Cala Saona and Es Cap de Barbaria will be incorporated into the present undertaking, the consellera said.

In addition to descriptive insight and valuations related to sites’ appeal as monuments of heritage, the document will look at other aspects such as ownership and legal claims. Guasch insisted the endeavour would be both time- and labour-intensive, and impossible for the Consell to undertake with internal resources.

Work will require review of documental archives, creation of a database and web-based viewing programme and drafting of archival reports, not to mention interviewing local residents and building an individualised file index.

6 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Island’s cultural agenda gets new look and operating system

foto 2020 renov agendaFormenFour years after the launch of Agenda Formentera (www.agendaformentera.cat), the Consell de Formentera announces that the island’s digital calendar has just got a makeover. From today, the agenda will sport a new look for its front page and a new operating system tuned for improved updating and increasingly sleek content. The site provides details about every event the Consell de Formentera organises, giving islanders and tourists alike front-row access to local programming.

Heading the revamped digital agenda is a fresh, vibrant image that introduces the site and offers visitors a welcoming hand. A downward scroll takes visitors to a carrousel of upcoming events, followed by an aesthetically enhanced Formentera calendar with a day-by-day breakdown of the month ahead. There is also a new function enabling visitors to download promotional graphics. Visitors will additionally encounter a new area in the header dedicated to insight about markets and heritage sites. Agenda Formentera is available in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

New weekly briefing
The online agenda isn’t the only place visitors will notice changes. Cultura Informa, too, is getting a fresh format, with news and information packaged as a weekly digest. (Visit www.agendaformentera.cat to register.) The first briefing appeared today in subscribers’ inboxes, and with it, the scoop on all the activities scheduled for the week ahead on Formentera.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador described the renovation as about “keeping pace in changing times and revamping the way we keep people in the know about the many activities which the Consell hosts and co-sponsors”. She also announced the disappearance of the monthly paper agenda, promising it would “clear the way for strides toward sustainability”.

Visitors to Agenda Formentera’s Facebook page will also be greeted by a new profile picture and front page.

3 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Ethnographic Collection reopens with entrance on Carrer Santa Maria

Foto 2020 museu etnoThe Formentera Ethnographic Collection (Col·lecció Etnogràfica de Formentera) reopened to the public today with upgraded safety protocol in light of the covid-19 public health crisis. In a bid to facilitate safe physical distancing among visitors, the Carrer Jaume I entrance has been sealed off, leaving only an entrance on Carrer Santa Maria. Pieces have been redistributed in such a way as so visitors can enter and exit through different doors on the same street.

The collection is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 2.00pm.

2 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New campaign uses outreach and tracing to prevent local cases of covid-19

Foto 2020 turistes anticovidIn a morning press conference, Alejandra Ferrer and Josep Marí, the Consell de Formentera president and chief of interior, respectively, unveiled details about a push to educate tourists and remind islanders about simple steps to prevent the local spread of covid-19.

Ferrer said that Formentera residents’ responsibility during confinement and the subsequent loosening of lockdown measures was “key to the island’s gradual reopening to the outside world. Every day overnight accommodations and restaurants work to follow hygiene protocol and make distancing guidelines as pleasant as possible. This is why we ask that each one of our visitors take their part of personal responsibility; with your help, we can make Formentera a place everyone can continue to enjoy. Please, ‘Protect Formentera, for you and for everyone!’”

The slogan defines a campaign built around simple visual aids conceived to educate tourists and remind residents about the four basic rules this summer amid the public health crisis:

1. Individuals from different households must respect 1.5-metre physical distancing
2. Masks must be worn any time individuals from different households cannot respect safe 1.5-metre distancing
3. Wash or sanitise hands frequently
4. Groups must not exceed 25 individuals

In the president’s words, Formentera has, “by its very nature, always been a place where keeping a safe distance is easy: our 69 kilometres of coastline make it possible to get away from the crowds and find oneself, finding nature, peace and quiet at the same time. This year with the public health crisis, keeping one’s distance is more than just an option, it’s an imperative for each one of us”. To that end, the local office of tourism has announced a new section of its website where visitors can get information about all the island’s beaches and avoid the most crowded. Beachgoers will additionally find displays highlighting distancing and safety measures.

Another poster aims to remind shop visitors and public transport and ferry riders that masks are required in all three places. The graphic on general measures can be found at Consell displays across the island as well as restaurants and beaches. Hotel and business owners and anyone else can view and download the material at a section created especially for the campaign, www.formentera.es/covid. Forthcoming content will also include video reminders about rules, and can be seen in ferries and on the Consell’s social media pages.

Checks on compliance
With safe distancing more crucial now than ever before, the Consell de Formentera has created a network of collaborating informants to keep eyes on crowds this summer. “Security forces, parking attendants, coastal concession holders and business owners are working together to tackle unsafe crowding”, said interior conseller Josep Marí. Informants who see groups forming will call 092 and notify the authorities so the situation can be defused and order maintained. “We’re trying to prevent crowds before they form”, explained Marí.

As part of a data observatory, the Consell de Formentera has put up ten antennas in key points on the island like La Savina, Ses Illetes, Sant Francesc, Es Cap de Barbaria, Es Pujols, Sant Ferran, Migjorn and La Mola to track individual movements based on mobile phone signals. President Ferrer described the apparatus as “a digital tool originally commissioned to give us a picture of the visitor flows across the island”.

This summer, data processed by the towers will be used to strengthen control measures and prevent crowds. The information will be be used internally and shared with security forces to help coordinate efforts and reduce situations of risk. The collected information will be incorporated into a digital tool that flags crowding at distinct beaches and formulates recommendations for visitors. The info can be viewed on social media and on the tourist office website, www.formentera.es.

Local Security Junta
Conseller Marí said that efforts extended beyond covid-19 preventive measures to take aim at other possible security issues like illegal watercraft bound for Formentera, or respect for safety guidelines among enthusiasts of water sports tourism. To that end, Marí indicated the Consell had turned to the Harbour Master’s Office and Maritime Civil Guard for help making sure rules are followed. The Local Security Junta will gather in mid-July to discuss these and other issues related to local security.

2 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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