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Trasmapi sponsors 10,000 square metres of posidonia

Foto logo sppAlejandra Ferrer and Daisee Aguilera, the Formentera Council's heads of tourism and environment, respectively, met today to unveil developments in the Save Posidonia Project. Also in attendance at the presentation was Trasmapi's marketing chief Núria de la Torre, who announced the transport company's plans to donate €10,000 to the effort. The money will be used to sponsor 10,000 square metres (m2) of posidonia seagrass.

De la Torre also highlighted the company's decision to bedeck Trasmapi boats, inside and out, with the Save Posidonia Project logo, just one of several efforts—another will include an informational video—to win popular support for the cause. Today's presentation included the viewing of just such a video, one that is aimed at gaining popular sympathy for the undersea plant and project. Councillor Ferrer reported that Trasmapi's gift would bring the total area of sponsored seagrass to 12,746m2, a figure she predicted would continue to rise.

Start of summer hours for la Savina's metered parking service

Aparcament la Savina premsaThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility has announced that, as of Monday, May 1, the hours of enforcement have changed for metered parking in la Savina. As occurred last year in the run-up to summer's arrival, drivers will be held to a one-day limit on parking (as opposed to three days in winter) unless they reside in la Savina and park in a green-zone space, where the limit is 15 days. Metered hours are once again 9.00am to 9.00pm.

New this year, credit-card payments are accepted and updates have been made to the metres' on-screen layout and ticket format.

Renewed support for local farmers' co-op

Foto signatura cooperativaFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer met with the director of the island's farmers' co-operative, Cooperativa del Camp, to put their signatures on a partnership agreement between the two groups valued at €95,000.

With a focus on community-level efforts to revive local agriculture and beautify Formentera's landscapes, the partnership is aimed at renewing efforts like the co-operative's stewardship of unused land and management of member plots.

It is reckoned that the bid to reactivate agriculture on Formentera will have positive knock-on effects on economic, social, cultural and environmental areas.

The Farmland Reserve programme took wing in April 2015 when the first land was handed over to the co-operative. Since then, roughly 142 hectares of farmland have been donated by 60 private landowners.

Summer lifeguard service returns to Formentera beaches

Servei socorrisme formenteraOn May 1 the Formentera Council's lifeguard service resumed operations across the main beaches of the island. Ten lifeguards are now stationed at Arenals, Llevant and Illetes and by June 15 the number will have reached 23. The service, maintained through October, mostly consists of prevention and tending to minor incidents like jellyfish stings and sunstroke.

Accessible beaches
Arenals and es Pujols beaches are accessible to swimmers with reduced mobility. The service, which is restricted from 12 noon to 5.00pm when the green flag flies, can be requested by phoning 609.76.85.06.

To check on water conditions, visit www.platgesdebalears.com.

Council adopts plenary plan to manage cultural heritage sites

Foto sessio plenaria abrilThe Formentera Council convened its April plenary session today. It was a meeting marked by the swearing in of Partido Popular (PP) operative Enrique Llorens Folgado as councillor, a role that was previously filled by Gabriela Mayans.

One proposal that followed on the heels of Llorens's appointment and got the vote of all parties was the 2017-2019 management plan for the island's cultural heritage sites. Patrimony councillor Susana Labrador took the floor in favour of the motion, aimed at setting up strategy and priorities in protecting and giving visibility to Formentera's historical heritage.

The day's session also saw a green-light for the island's census figures. According to chief of the CiF president's office Bartomeu Escandell, a tally put the island's population on January 1, 2017 at 12,905.

A socialist party proposal on upkeep of the es Cap tracks garnered the assembled plenary's full support. Infrastructure councillor Rafael González made assurances that a repair of the surrounding fences and a general check of the installation were in the works.

Request for rectification
Towards the end of the session and in response to a question from the PP, Council president Jaume Ferrer reiterated that standards had been rigorously upheld in tendering works contracts to Regioplus Consulting and Consultores de Políticas Comunitarias.

Ferrer expressed his stark disapproval of a posting made recently on social media by José Manuel Alcaraz. In his post, Manuel claimed, “on Formentera we're living in a handy age. I'm not talking new technologies; those are an absolute mess. I'm talking about all the handpicking Jaume Ferrer does when he hands out contracts to friends and family”. Ferrer pledged to take the matter to court if Manuel refused to retract the comments.

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