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foto bus proximo ferryThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that as of 1 August, users of the Próximo Ferry web and mobile apps (https://proximoferry.com) have been able to access timetables for public transport on Formentera.

A click on the Eivissa>Formentera section leads visitors to up-to-date details about buses connecting passengers on ferries between the two Pine Islands.

Mobility chief Rafael González described the goal as “keeping islanders and tourists in the loop about public transport options and promoting their use”. The app is known and used by a large number of people, said González, helping guarantee that info on public transport reaches the widest possible audience.

8 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

On average day in July, vehicles on Formentera roads number 18,322

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that this July, as local government reactivated its scheme to keep track of how many vehicles are brought and driven on the island, the programme logged on average 18,322 vehicles with accreditation on any given day. The figure marks a six per cent drop compared to 2019, when the average daily total was 19,532.

Describing summer 2020 as “atypical” —the current holiday season began at the end of June— mobility conseller Rafael González welcomed the news. He pointed out the island was still shy of its established summer limit and remained on track to reach sustainability objectives. “When the public health crisis first erupted we made projections for the months ahead, and we’re surpassing those initial projections”, the conseller said.

“To date there have been no incidents nor corrections to speak of”, he affirmed before applauding the collaboration of ferry companies and rent-a-car firms.

Figures from month one of regulation:

Visiting motorists / compact cars 1,891
Visiting motorists / motor-scooters 195

Eivissa residents / compact cars 199
Eivissa residents / motor-scooters 20

Rented compact cars 2,481
Rented motor-scooters 6,720

Formentera resident vehicles: 5,723
Other vehicles: 1,093

Total: 18,322

In 2020 the total number of permits under formentera.eco is capped at 21,487—four per cent fewer than last year, when the ceiling was set at 22,382.

González highlighted the “calculated and gradual” course charted earlier in the term to cut total vehicles by 16% in four years, or 4% fewer cars every year. “Our end-game hasn’t changed in that respect”, confided González, “we don’t want the public health crisis to jeopardise the model of sustainability that we’ve worked years to get to”.

Full rebates
Fees associated with formentera.eco are being waived this summer in an effort to offset this year’s unusual circumstances, meaning motorists pay nothing to drive on the island. Drivers without accreditation can get it at www.formentera.eco.

Controlling vehicle plate numbers
Accreditation will continue to be verified by a reader that scans number plates as cars enter and exit the island in La Savina. Individuals without the necessary accreditation will face fines of between €1,000 and €10,000.

6 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

July’s Compra a Casa prize goes to a good cause

foto 2020 compra a casa estiuThe Formentera Department of Commerce reports that the July winner of the summer edition of Compra a Casa received his prize today, a €100 gift card he plans to regift to local NGO Formenterers Solidaris. Marco Carnevali has been a faithful user of his Compra a Casa card since 2016.

Hatched in an effort to promote local small business and reward shoppers for doing the same, the latest edition of Compra a Casa is backed not just by the Consell de Formentera but by the island’s small- and medium-sized business group, Pimef, as well. A typical feature of the winter calendar, in 2020 the initiative will take place in July, August and September with the same system and even bigger prizes. Compra a Casa cardholders who spend €20 or more at participating businesses will be entered in monthly drawings to win a gift card valued at €100 (twice the winter amount).

5 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Eba Marí Guaita’s “En paral·lel al cel” opens at Centre Gabrielet

cartell EN PARALLEL AL CElSacred geometry, starry skies and nocturnal seascapes . . . these are the inhabitants of Eba Marí Guaita’s universe, which the Valencia-born and Formentera-based artist channels in an exhibit due to take up residence tomorrow at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ and set to stay until Saturday the 15th.

Through paintings in acrylic and resin, the artist reveals an inner world that is both hers alone and communal, and replete with symbolism. After a vernissage at 7.00pm on 6 August, En paral·lel al cel will be open to the public Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

5 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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