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Formentera Local Police continue efforts to stop illegal house parties

foto 2022vii venda ambulantFrom Thursday to Sunday, Formentera Local Police (Policia Local de Formentera, PLF) responded to 13 illegal house parties on the island, and cited 28 violations of municipal ordinances on the environment, health and pollution. In accordance with legislation on public safety, 26 reports were issued involving disobedience and obstruction of an officer of the law. The department additionally cited 27 vehicles for obstructing the roadway or access to dwellings.

PLF are now making arrangements with estate agencies and property owners, who are required to register guests, to identify and fine guests who refuse to identify themselves pursuant to the law. PLF applauded certain owners for their collaboration. At four of thirteen parties, guests were dispersed when PLF officers arrived on the scene.

On 30 July, PLF and Civil Guard began collaborating on nightly sunset patrols near Es Cavall d'en Borràs to prevent parties in the nature reserve.

Ana Juan and Josep Marí, president and interior councillor of the Consell de Formentera, respectively, praised PLF officers for their tireless work this summer to stop unlawful parties, as well as agents of the Civil Guard and the Citizen Safety Unit of the Civil Guard (USECICO) for their special efforts to keep islanders safe.

Itinerant vending
From May to 7 August, PLF reported 185 cases of itinerant vending. The Consell de Formentera has launched an educational push under the slogan "Protect local commerce: say NO to itinerant vending!" Fruit, drinks, clothing, accessories and jewellery sold on beaches are not subject to legally mandated food and quality controls and represent unfair competition for Formentera businesses.

8 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to get USECICO reinforcements to curb illegal parties

foto 2022vii reunio seguretat AToday, at a one-off security coordination meeting at the Consell de Formentera, President Ana Juan and Josep Marí, councillor of interior, met with Civil Guard officials and representatives of the coastal authority and Balearic Ministry of Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient, CMA) to reinforce personnel and coordination to keep the island safe and prevent illegal parties in homes and protected areas.

The gathering was also attended by Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and councillor of Tourism; Antoni Tur, councillor of environment; Llorenç Córdoba, head of the opposition, and Llorenç Mas, general director of natural spaces and biodiversity, among others.

Attendees were briefed on plans to bolster the local Civil Guard's Citizen Safety Unit (USECICO). President Juan hopes that "with this unit and the collaboration of Formentera Local Police, steps can be taken to tackle illegal parties on our island".

Juan also asked the heads of the CMA to "seek effective ways to sanction establishments in natural areas that allow their customers to violate regulations and harm the environment". She additionally called on the ministry to reinforce locally stationed CMA staff, since currently just one of the three agents on Formentera is active.

For his part, Councillor Marí said special preventive patrols would continue in the area of Es Cavall d'en Borràs in Ses Salines Nature Reserve and encouraged islanders to report indications of large parties to law enforcement.

The Civil Guard is currently investigating an individual for organising a illegal house party in recent days in defiance of authorities.

5 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Plenary members discuss special plan for La Savina port, protections for traditional sailing technique and home hospitalisation unit

foto 2022vii pleToday local decision-makers gathered for the July plenary session of the Consell de Formentera. In a briefing, plenary members learned of the Government Commission's decision to back initial approval of the Special Plan for the Port of La Savina. This document is prepared by the APB and processed and voted on by the Consell de Formentera, and has been drafted in consensus between both administrations. On 14 July it was published in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) and is currently in public consultation. The document is expected to receive plenary endorsement by year end.

The goal of the plan, according to Rafael González, councillor of territory, is to "reorganise and redefine land areas in the harbour and reorganise the maritime areas". The main actions included in this plan are:

- Integrating the port and town of La Savina.
- Enhancing pedestrian and cyclist mobility, in particular by adding new pedestrian areas and a new bike lane, and by creating a new bike lane linking the port with Camí des Brolls.
- Connecting arriving ferry passengers with nearby bus and cab services, rental car parking, general parking areas, the bike path and promenade.
- Renovating existing buildings in the western part of the port and installing underground parking areas.
- Relocating the fishermen's guild to its new location.
- Achieving a dry marina in the eastern part of the port.
- Creating an interpretation centre for Ses Salines cultural interest site and rehabilitating and opening Torre des Trituradors to visitors.
Intangible asset of cultural interest
Plenary members unanimously agreed to grant intangible cultural heritage status to the traditional sailing technique involving llaüt sailboats. Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, cast it as "the conclusion of the designation process", which she noted "did not receive any comments". "This is yet another step in the dynamic initiated during this legislature to safeguard our heritage, and lateen sailing is a part of that, not just in the Balearic Islands, but across the Mediterranean, and protecting that is crucial."

Social services regulation
The cabinet overcame opposition abstention to pass the underpinnings of authorisation and accreditation of social services for the elderly, people with disabilities and people diagnosed with mental health issues on Formentera. The regulations, as Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, pointed out, set the terms for authorisation and accreditation of basic community social services, early care services, day care services, residential services and multipurpose care centres. Councillor Ramírez described the document as "technical but essential", explaining that it "regulates how services are provided and will help to improve the administration's coordination and efficiency in managing social services on the island". The councillor pointed out that, for example, the document is "key to starting operations at the new residence for dependent people".

Honours for the local police chief
Assembly members also unanimously backed a proposal to celebrate the local police chief for 30 years of service. As Josep Marí, councillor of interior, explained, decision-makers voted to award to Félix Ramos Pérez the Balearic Government's "Merit Cross with white badge" – a distinction given to officers with decades-long service and an outstanding professional career. Josep Marí took the opportunity to praise Officer Ramos for his dedication, and to applaud the rest of the professional staff.

School canteen service
Councillors also tabled an urgent motion to approve the ordinance on fees for school canteen service in Formentera's public early learning and primary schools. At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the Consell de Formentera will offer school meal service. No bids were received in response to an offer of tender, and the service will be provided by way of an agreement with the regional ministry of education. Susana Labrador, councillor of education, thanked "the school's administrative team and Sant Ferran parents' association for their help in securing this important service for Formentera families".

Canteen prices will be set each year according to guidelines from the regional office of early childhood, innovation and educational community. A fee may be added to cover the expenses of non-teaching staff and food transport costs in the event of travel. Pupils from low-income families may request a meals grant from the office of education. Labrador said the canteen service would likely start at CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques in September. The kitchen will be located there as well, she indicated, and during the school year meals will be delivered to CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu and CEIP El Pilar with the collaboration of school administrative teams and the parents' association.

Home hospitalisation unit
Assembly members came together once again to endorse an opposition proposal brokered by the cabinet to urge the Balearic Government to take the necessary steps to create Formentera's home hospitalisation unit and to continue increasing health services and ensuring universal and quality public health as a basic fundamental right. Asserted Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, "we would do well to acknowledge the public administration's effort to ensure the quality of care at the hospital", and "it is time to resume this project to improve health services on the island".

Contract for waste collection and cleaning services
The GxF and PSOE cabinet and opposition councillors of Sa Unió presented a joint proposal concerning the waste collection and cleaning service contract. The proposal seeks to increase recycling on the island by ensuring compliance around pickup of paper, cardboard, light packaging, glass, waste and organic matter and encouraging islanders to use the civic amenities site and transfer plant to reduce the number of oversize items and items which do not fit in streetside containers. The Consell de Formentera will also look at enhancing street cleaning and beach upkeep services by temporarily increasing the budget allocation for the current contract until a new contract is approved and requiring service concessionaires to optimise human and material resources.

Report from Vanessa Parellada
Vanessa Parellada, councillor of youth, new technologies and citizen participation, appeared before the assembly today. She described a return to normal at the youth drop-in centre and said that participation, particularly among 10- to 11-year-olds, is up as well, with between 30 and 50 local youth visiting the Casal de Joves each afternoon. She also announced that the second floor of the Casal is being equipped with new spaces for young people and that the former Sant Ferran schools will also receive new facilities.

On citizen participation, the councillor said that new associations will continue to join the Consell d'Entitats, which currently has 119 member groups. In reference to the CdE, she highlighted the return of face-to-face meetings and participatory budgets after two years in which the money was diverted to COVID-19 aid. This year also came with a reactivation of the projects left pending in 2020 and associations have once again selected projects to support.

Parellada described two large groups of end users that the new technologies division serves: residents (both Formentera-born and transplants) and municipal employees, whose work the office's staff aim to facilitate. She underscored two parallel efforts: on one side, to make the municipal administration more accessible to people by maintaining services and infrastructure and offering e-administration options; and on the other, to put pressure on companies to maintain optimum coverage and make it easy for them to do so.

Finally, the councilor praised staff in her departments for their work to give the most accessible and best possible public service.

29 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

At Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet', Silvina Taffuri presents 'El camino'

On Thursday 28 July, the Argentina-born Formentera-based artist Silvina Taffuri will pull the curtain back on 'El camino' at Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet'. With a triad of engravings on linoleum as the keynote piece, Taffuri presents an collection of paintings and sculptures in varying formats oscillating from abstract to figurative.

'El Camino' opened Thursday at 8.00pm and will stay on view till 5 August from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 7.00pm to 10.00pm. The exhibition space is closed on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons.

26 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera gives gold medal to experts and exponents of traditional craft techniques

foto 2022 fsj3- Teresa Matilla and Miquel Ángel Riera celebrated as island's honorary children
- Tur Ferrer Bookshop, Can Platé and Marià Castelló honoured with Sant Jaume Awards

Tonight, at Jardín de ses Eres, Formentera held the jewel in the crown of local patron saint festivities and celebrated recipients of the island's gold medal, Sant Jaume Awards and "Adoptive Children" distinction. Ana Juan, president of the Consell, gave the gold medal to the experts and exponents of Formentera's traditional craft techniques, represented by ten experts of fishing, esparto grass, charcoal, spinning, sewing and other traditional crafts. The Sant Jaume Awards were awarded to the Tur Ferrer Bookshop, Can Platé and the architect Marià Castelló. Teresa Matilla and Miquel Ángel Riera were named "Adoptive Children" (Fills Adoptius).

Fills Adoptius
The event was emceed by Andreu Ferrer, the acting local justice of the peace, and began with the celebration of Formentera's Fills Adoptius. Teresa Matilla was heralded as the island's honourary daughter in recognition of her years-long career on the island as a disseminator of painting. She has helped countless islanders develop their imagination and creativity and embodied a commitment to participation in local causes. For his part, Miquel Ángel Riera was recognised for over 14 years as priest of Sant Francesc Xavier and Pilar de la Mola parishes. The award also celebrates Riera's commitment to youth associations, needy families and social support.

Sant Jaume Awards
The Sant Jaume Award was awarded to Tur Ferrer Bookshop as the island's forerunning bookstore and stationery shop. After more than six decades, this unique family-run establishment in the heart of Sant Francesc is still about face-to-face and friendly service. Can Platé also received the Sant Jaume Award in recognition of the fact that, exactly one hundred years ago, Joan Ferrer Castelló began the family operation known today as Fonda Platé. The third and fourth generations remain at the helm as this touchstone of local tourism continues striving for excellence. The architect Marià Castelló Martínez received the Sant Jaume Award for the originality of his work; his unique architectural language; his remarkable respect for the island's cultural heritage, and his acclaimed and award-winning contribution to contemporary architecture.

Medalla d'Or
In 2022, Formentera's Gold Medal (Medalla d'Or) went to repositories and exponents of traditional craft techniques of the island. Ten representatives of varying techniques were present on stage and also received a diploma: Francisco Torres Costa, a veteran of mill operations; Esperanza Guasch and Catalina Tur Castelló, seamstresses; Maria Ferrer Verdera, a connoisseur of traditional fishing tackle; Vicent Verdera Juan and Rita Costa Ferrer, experts of techniques in esparto grass; Maria Mayans Juan, a spinner; Ramon Mayans Colomar and Francisco Torres Riera, master shipwrights; and Bartomeu Tur Escandell, an expert in silos.

Marià Castelló expressed his gratitude on behalf of all awardees.

Ana Juan congratulated award winners and described them as "dedicated and with a demonstrated commitment to improving our local society". The president added: "We want an open, supportive and welcoming Formentera that lives in balance and offers opportunities for everyone. We have the tools and –as today's honorees demonstrate– the people to achieve this".

The event also featured musical performances by pianist Mar Moreno and Pilar Mena, accompanied by Rosa Mouriño and Andreu Coll.

The celebration was attended by Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government; Vicenç Thomas, president of the Parliament of the Balearic Islands; Josep Marí and Mercedes Garrido, regional ministers; Vicent Ribas, bishop of Eivissa and Formentera; Enrique Sanchez, central government envoy on Eivissa and Formentera; Antonio J. Sanz, Formentera's representative in parliament; local councillors and more.

24 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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