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Applications now accepted for stands at Christmas market

foto 2020 casetesThe Formentera Commerce Department reports that applications will be accepted from today from individuals who wish to participate as vendors in the 2020-21 Mercat Nadalenc (Christmas Market). The deadline for submissions —which can be sent to the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or the office’s online platform, OVAC— is 23 November.

This year’s Mercat Nadalenc will include no more than six shacks devoted to retail: five will go to trades- or craftspeople who live and work on Formentera in winter, and the sixth will be shared by local NGOs. The market runs from 3 December to 5 January 2021, inclusive, and takes place at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució.

Vendors will be picked in a drawing among individuals who submitted their application on time and met the required conditions will be held in the presence of the municipal clerk.

The provisional bylaws underpinning the Christmas market and associated vendor application was posted to the regional employment office website today, 17 November.

17 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hopes coastal moorage regulation scheme gets fresh impulse

foot 2020 fondejosConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz attended a presentation of findings from the first of several capacity studies piloted by Ports IB and the Balearic Islands’ Coastal Observation and Predictions System (SOCIB). The presentation was led by regional mobility minister Marc Pons and Ports IB director Cristina Barahona and saw the video participation of SOCIB director Joaquín Tintoré and SOCIB researcher Aina García.

SOCIB and Ports IB are required to carry out such a study as part of the public agencies’ drafting of their overarching strategy, which Mr Pons described as a “balanced, sustainability-based” plan forswearing expansions and growth of Balearic harbours.

“Formentera has done much to protect our coastlines”, asserted President Ferrer, highlighting consensus around the decision to eschew expansion of La Savina port, as well as the importance of finding a place for regular islanders, tourism and the environment. “We want residents to enjoy the harbour too”, she said, stressing the primacy of “quality” and of “avoiding the kind of massive projects our visitors have historically deplored”, not to mention the environment: “The strategy must also offer safeguards for posidonia in particular and our entire coastline in general.”

Mooring on Formentera
Efforts to establish a system of controlled moorage along local shores dates back to 2008. Ferrer described hopes that the management plan for Ses Salines nature reserve would provide “an impulse to approval of the regulated moorage plan”. The plan, which envisioned space for 883 watercraft, was first presented to the Govern balear in 2017.

Ferrer described the capacity study presented by the Govern today as “similar to our initial proposal, but with capacity for 925 boats”. She pointed out that the Balearic study was based exclusively on physical space, while Formentera’s initial study sought to measure the island’s “physical, environmental and scenic capacity”.

“We’re aware of just how unique our current situation is”, said Ferrer, insisting, “We want to make it clear to the Balearic government, as we have in the past, that what Formentera won’t support is economic recovery in the name of destruction and large-scale projects”. “Economic recovery must include protection of our natural resources, because they are our main economic asset”, she concluded.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Apneef benefit concert

cartell 2020 concert apneef 2The Eivissa-Formentera Association for People with Special Needs (Apneef) will host a fundraising gala Saturday 21 November. The event will take place at the Formentera Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 8.00pm. Reservations may be made by calling 971.31.73.60, with tickets priced at €12 in advance or €15 at the box office a half hour before the function. Space is limited.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Monday marks return of 6.00am ferry to Eivissa

foto 2020 conexionsEarlier today Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Balearic mobility and housing minister Marc Pons were joined by Adolfo Utor, chief of the transport company Baleària, in making public the details of a partnership between the Govern balear and Balèaria to re-establish early-bird service from Formentera to Eivissa.

From Monday 16 November, islanders will have the option of a 6.00am ferry to Eivissa. The partnership resolves an issue that was laid bare by Formentera residents who petitioned to make the early-morning ferry service to Eivissa mandatory.

“Maritime mobility goes beyond leisure”, said President Ferrer, “it’s a question of basic needs and essential services which are available exclusively on Eivissa”. She applauded Baleària’s efforts to restore the 6.00am trip but encouraged Mr Pons to continue working to bring back the 10.30pm Eivissa-to-Formentera journey as well. The last ferry currently sets off from Eivissa every night at 9.30pm.

The Balèaria boss said the early-bird service would operate weekdays in passenger-only “eco fast” ships that the ferry company added to its fleet two years ago. The ferries were specially designed for the Eivissa-Formentera route and have a reduced environmental footprint.

Also on hand at the presentation were local mobility councillor Rafael González and the head of the Balearic office of sea and air transport, Xavier Ramis.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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