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Formentera regulates access at es Cap lighthouse May 15-October 15

cartel faro 2019-1-The Formentera Council's mobility department announces the reactivation, Wednesday May 15, of a scheme to limit motorcycle, car and moped access to es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse in 2019. The scheme will be enforced until October 15 in a bid to keep crowds at the monument to a minimum and preserve “Sa Tanca d'allà dins” as a tranquil, natural setting.

Tracing current plans to revive the apparatus to the success of last year's effort, secretary Rafael González said the setup was aimed at keeping crowds at the monument to a minimum and preserving a tranquil, natural setting.

Restricted access to the monument has been in effect the last two years, relying on a road block at kilometre marker 6.5 of the es Cap de Barbaria road. The setup was implemented on a pilot run from July 1 to September 15 in 2017 and June 25 to September 30 last year.

This year the period of regulation will be extended across the entire season to make sure visits to es Cap's far, or lighthouse, and the es Garroveret defense tower are pleasurable—and easy—for tourists and islanders alike.

With parking for 60 cars and 100 motor scooters is available on an adjacent plot, motorists can get out and walk or cycle the remainder of the path to the lighthouse.

Access for people with reduced mobility
During peak visiting hours, 11.00am to 1.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm, an attendant beside the barrier will allow access to people with reduced mobility and provide visitors with information about the new measures.

The Formentera Council has put together a pamphlet that will be distributed at rental car agencies, tourist information offices and the es Cap entry and control point. Posters have also been published and will be posted at various points around the island, including Council bulletin boards.


May 13, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

80 new blue zone parking spaces added in la Savina

The Formentera Council's mobility office reports that the new blue zone parking on the western side of la Savina port—currently the site of parking for rental cars—will be incorporated into the island's metred or “regulated” parking scheme from tomorrow, Monday May 13.

The system will be unveiled—and will function just like in other parts of la Savina and other towns of the island—as soon as the Council obtains the go-ahead from the Balearic port authority to manage parking in the area.

The move will add 80 extra zona blava parking spaces in la Savina. An overflow parking lot has also been opened opposite plaça Illes Pitiüses.

May 12, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera rolls out pest control measures

control-de-moscards-1The Formentera Council's department of environment is unveiling its newest drive to keep numbers of mosquitos and lake flies under control in the ses Salines nature preserve. Operations are planned at a handful of fresh water points, generally preferred sites among pests depositing their larvae, at s'Estany Pudent, s'Estany des Peix and ses Salines d'en Marroig.

Crews stepped up fumigations during the initiative's first weeks in light of heavy rainfall at the start of the year which could potentially play a part in ballooning mosquito numbers. Three day-long efforts are scheduled for next week. Later in the season the operation will be repeated once a week, though the frequency can be increased and the application area expanded if operators determine it to be necessary.

Treatment plan
Crews are using the maximum dosage allowed by law as they spray a bio agent called Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensis across parts of ses Salines. The idea is to achieve maximum ambient levels of the substance, a natural insecticide that works by acting directly on larvae growing in stagnant water.

Two operators oversee control measures, which involve special rucksacks that are filled with the insecticide and fitted with dusting equipment. Spraying the product in its pulverised state is seen as a more effective form of application. The effort is scheduled to continue through October.

Though the price tag initially placed on 2019 operations, €32,208, officials have already said they are prepared to increase this figure should inconvenciences associated with the mosquitos and lake flies persist.


May 10, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Vehicle entry regulated from Monday May 13 at ses Salines nature reserve

peatge-control-entrada-illetes1The Formentera Council's mobility office reports that Monday, May 13, operators will begin regimenting vehicle access to the Parc Natural de ses Salines. Formentera residents can continue to park vehicles at the reserve all season long at no charge.

Non-residents, meanwhile, will be asked to pay €4 per car and €2 per mopeds. The price climbs to €5 and €3, respectively, between June 1 and July 15; and reaches its peak between July 16 and August 31 (€6 and €4). The amount will drop again in first half of September and once again from September 15-30 (€5/€3 and €4/€2, respectively).

Access is free for drivers with reduced mobility and those with electric vehicles as well as for walkers and cyclists. Drivers of hybrid vehicles are entitled to a 50% discount.

Controlled access to parking areas near Illetes beach will be in force until September 30. At car parks serving es Cavall d'en Borràs and Llevant beaches, attendants will be on duty from June 1 to September 15. The patrolled entry points will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm in low season and 9.00am to 8.00pm in high season.

Prohibitions and vehicle restrictions
As part of an effort to foment sustainable forms of transport and safeguard the protected land, four-by-fours are expressly prohibited within the confines of the nature reserve. Plus, controlled access will be implemented for regular and discretional buses as a rush-hour traffic avoidance measure.

Oversized vehicles, such as lorries carrying products to nearby restaurants, are also restricted during peak visiting times.

May 10, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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