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Fitness centre closed for maintenance

tasques manteniment facanaThe Office of Sport of the Formentera Council has announced the Antoni Blanc sports centre will once again open its doors to islanders September 12. Operations at the centre will cease for the first two weeks of the month to allow for maintenance. CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal reported crews would clean the building's façade, disinfect changing rooms, the swimming pool and other areas and regulate chlorine in water at the centre.

Maintenance workers will also conduct a revision and inventory of lockers and other material at the centre. They will take time to refit old tiles and repaint part of the building's interior. The work will be done by Council staff and outside contractors. “These are things that can only be done when the fitness centre is empty,” said Vidal, who underscored the importance of such regular upkeep both for maintenance and hygiene reasons while apologising for the inconvenience it might cause.

The Antoni Blanc centre will re-open for sports centre and pool activities next Monday. Classes and timetables can be consulted here: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/images/stories/Horaris_poliesportiu_piscina/HORARIS_POLIESPORTIU_ANTONI_BLANC_imprimir.jpg

Pre-enrolment deadline extended at music and dance school

escola de musica festivalThe Formentera Council Office of Education has announced an extended deadline on pre-enrolment for the 2016-17 year at Formentera's municipal music and dance school. The added dates —from the first of the month to September 10— affect in-person registration at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) as well as online signups on the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC) and the music school's homepage.

The school of music and dance offers both accredited and non-accredited courses of study in addition to workshop-style music and dance classes for children three and up. Last year roughly 300 people took classes at the school.

Final thumbs-up for Es Pujols upgrades

foto ple extra es pujols 2 setembreAt a special plenary session convened today, members of the Formentera Council voted to grant definitive approval to a project to resurface roads and update infrastructure for utilities in es Pujols. Today's vote means the start of a call for bids on the project, which will impact the centre of Es Pujols as well as the town's waterfront promenade and is scheduled to begin November 1.

The improvements come with a budget of €2,445,750.68 and must be completed within six months, putting the deadline somwhere before the start of summer. As CiF infrastructure councillor Rafael González pointed out, conditions set out fines should delays occur: six thousand euros a day if any part of the project is “partially complete”; a daily six-thousand-euro fee —plus 5% of the total price tag— should any delays affect the project's final date of completion.

Revamped services
Plans call to overhaul several services: sanitation (rain water and sewage), water supply (for fire hydrants and street cleaning), electricity and IT. The road will also be resurfaced with the same type of stone used in a remodel of another Es Pujols arterial, carrer Roca Plana. The works will integrate Es Pujol's promenade with the beach and aesthetic improvements will be made. Moving forward, Councillor González described it as “the first phase of a broader beautification plan in Es Pujols whose final objective is to make the town's main roads partially, if not fully, pedestrian-use only”.

On the island and in concert: Manel

manel 1The Formentera Council Office of Culture has announced a fast-approaching concert from music group Manel. The band is scheduled to perform in the Sant Ferran square (plaça de l'Església) this Sunday September 4 at ten in the evening. Having topped the charts with hits penned in Catalan, Manel will plug their latest disc, Jo competeixo, and give a run-through of their most beloved songs from the past.

Unlike the group's first three albums, recorded in strict intimacy, the fourth offering from the Barcelona foursome marks their first experience working with a producer, North American Jake Aron. Besides collaborating with artists like Grizzly Bear, Jamie Lidell, tUnE-yArDs and Chairlift, Aron also produced rapper Le1f's debut effort.

When Guillem Gisbert, Roger Padilla, Martí Maymó and Arnau Vallvé take to the stage in Sant Ferran, there is little doubt about their ability to shake up the Formentera crowd. The show, from one of the most celebrated names in Catalan-language music in particular —and in Spanish music more generally—, will be free.

Regional minister outlines push for consumer protections in car rentals

foto reunio consumThe chief of the Balearic Islands' bureau of consumer affairs, Xisco Dalmau, met today before members of Formentera's rental car sector to lay out a campaign championing consumers' rights when they hire cars. He described the push —an initiative fronted by Dalmau's office— at a gathering of local business and community leaders known as the “Council of Entities” (Consell d'Entitats). Alejandra Ferrer and Rafael González are the heads of Formentera's tourism and mobility offices, two branches of local government that are also pushing the campaign. They too attended today's event.

Dalmau framed the initiative as a way to “raise awareness about the rights of consumers and other individuals linked to the rent-a-car sector”. He also touted another of his office's goals: a code of best practises for the sector, something he described as “a seal of excellence for businesses that meet the requirements of the code”. Councillor Ferrer hopes the code can be adapted to Formentera's philosophy, and that it can be done with help from the rental car business community. In her words, the code will protect local enterprises in a number of ways, for one, “by ensuring optimal conditions and taking aim at unfair competition”.

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