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In Madrid, Formentera touts competitive edge of its outdoor spaces

Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism, and Carlos Bernús, Director of Tourism Marketing, will attend the international tourism expo Fitur, scheduled to take place Wednesday 19 January to Sunday 23 January in Madrid.

At a dedicated section in a stand shared with the rest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera will offer promotional material on "family tourism and ways to enjoy the local environment, gastronomy and heritage as well as cultural and sporting events designed to draw visitors in the low season", said Councillor Ferrer.

Marketing efforts include meetings with niche travel magazines, web portals, tour operators, travel agents and more. "Despite the public health situation and renewed uncertainty on account of COVID-19, currently there is a lot of interest in Formentera as a destination", said Ferrer, adding, "This year we will highlight Formentera's qualities as a safe and sustainable island, with abundant open spaces and few crowds so visitors can enjoy the island more safely". To that end, these competitive advantages will be shared with media representatives in a presentation at 11.00am on Thursday.
"Also on display at the expo will be formentera.eco for a more sustainable mobility, Save Posidonia Project, to safeguard posidonia and the coastline, and other local initiatives to tuned to guaranteeing unique experiences for travellers", Ferrer concluded.

14 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

'Talks for Families and Teachers' return with lecture on adolescence

At 5.00pm, Thursday 20 January, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare's 'Talks for Families and Teachers' lecture series returns to the Sala de Plens with 'Teens Today: Loving and Educating Them When They Need it Most' from psychologist, educator and journalist Jaume Funes Artiaga. Funes will offer tips and advice "on how to educate individuals in adolescence, a time of great change when closeness with adults is an essential part of teens feeling secure enough to face, discover and experience life".

For reservations, call 971.32.12.71 or send an e-mail to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat. Childcare will be available for children three and up.

14 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera calls for withdrawal of draft amendment to Coastal Authority's general regulations

foto 2022 CostesToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, sat down with Maria Jose Mayans, Chair of the Platform for Individuals Affected by Delimitation (Plataforma d'Afectats per la Delimitació, PAD), and PAD Spokesman Vicent Tur, to review the local government's representations to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge about proposed changes to Coastal Authority regulations, including a request that the proposal be scrapped. An order signed 7 January by President Juan detailed these representations and maintained that the amendment submitted for public consultation was "unlawful and contrary to the case law on delimitations" and "creates legal uncertainty which encroaches on the rights of individuals".

The President stressed that the new regulations must take into account "the peculiarity of Formentera" and that "no backward steps can be taken in this regard". "The people of Formentera have always worked together on this issue and transcended partisanship to defend each others' interests; the new regulations must not increase insecurity or impinge on our powers as a local authority", said Juan, who stressed "the great work of department staff" in preparing the representations.

The document sent by the Consell highlights how the proposed modifications would mark a return "to arbitrariness in determining the scope of public domain" and encroaches on municipal government's authority in town planning and activities. For example, it regulates construction that can be carried out in protected areas and modifies articles that regard conservation works on properties left in the public maritime land domain. "Care must be taken so that these changes don't lead to built structures in this coastal area being demolished earlier than previously accorded", the text reads, highlighting the amendments' potential "to cause significant impact on the landscape and environment".

The modifications would additionally cause "unjustified limitation of the rights of individuals insofar as the changes, in their laxness, leave review of demarcation to the subjectiveness of the Administration, and once again ignore technical criteria accepted by jurisprudence". In addition, the changes may raise "new obstacles to owners' and others' rights in the public land maritime domain".

Absent from the proposed regulations is the section which currently allows individuals to park and drive in the area in question. "In any case, the change stands to create significant environmental concerns and complications in how access to beaches is managed by regional and local authorities, even engendering problems in town planning".

One of the proposed modifications involves limiting concessions to a duration of 30 years, or up to 75 years if renewed, as set out in legislation on "public administration patrimony", which creates provisions for a generic period of 75 years.

Nor does the proposed regulation include an economic impact study, or equivalent mechanisms, which the Formentera government's representations describe as "a fundamental requirement in state legislation" and necessary for the economic quantification of the proposed measures' impact.

12 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves starts year with activities to ignite creativity and assorted other programming

foto 2022 casal felic any nouThe Formentera Office of Youth is pleased to announce the activities scheduled this January at the drop-in centre for young islanders. The programme kicked off 4 January with a hot cocoa party, or xocolatada, before picking up four days later with a spin art workshop and a bracelet making workshop on Wednesday the 12th.

The following activities are forthcoming this month:

Friday 14 January, 6.30pm, Casal de Joves, soap bubbles workshop.

Saturday 15 January, 6.30pm, Casal de Joves, farewell to the Christmas holidays (packing up decorations).

Wednesday 19 January and Wednesday 25 January, screenings of films and documentaries on topics picked by youth.

Friday 21 January, 6.30pm, Casal de Joves, table football tournament for children 10 and up.

Saturday 22 January, 5.30pm, Casal de Joves, coloured salt workshop for children 10 and up.

Friday 28 January, 6.30pm, Casal de Joves, creative nails workshop.

Saturday 29 January, 6.30pm, Casal de Joves, workshop painting doves of peace. These activities tie into the School Day of Non-Violence and Peace on 30 January. As Vanessa Parellada, Councillor of Youth, explained, "Every month, we propose activities related to the interests of young people at the Casal. This month we spotlight creativity, critical thinking and solidarity – one of the focal points of the Peace Day activity".

All activities are in line with current COVID-19 regulations.

13 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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