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Formentera presents programme celebrating World LGBTQI+ Pride Day

Foto 2020 LGTBIIn celebration of World Pride Day on 28 June, the Formentera office of equality and LGBTQ+ has unveiled a bill of activities bringing together, under the banner “Proud to Fight for Equality”, a host of events which are designed, said Consell president Alejandra Ferrer, to defend diversity.

The seven-day programme kicked off Wednesday afternoon when Formentera Marxa interviewed Sa Clau de s'Armari’s Xose Agulla on Instagram. The Casal de Joves hosted a 6.00pm screening of Lukas Dhont’s film “Girl” about the struggle of a young trans woman.

President Ferrer, equality and LGTBQI+ consellera Vanessa Parellada and department staffer Azucena Carrasco stood for a photo in front of the rainbow pride flag — a symbol of support that will be hung across the façade of the Consell until 5 July. At tomorrow’s full-house assembly backing is expected to come for a proclamation in support of the LGBTQI+ community.

LGBTQI+ allies are encouraged tomorrow to take to the Consell’s social media profiles to post their own supportive photos. From 29 June to 4 July the Marià Villangómez Library will share daily recommendations of literature that touches on LGTBI themes.

The outdoor film series Cinema a la Fresca starts at 10.00pm, Tuesday 30 June, with Sebastián Leilo's “Una mujer fantástica”. A reckoning with the fraught realities of life for trans women in Chile, the film will be screened to crowds in Jardí de ses Eres in Sant Francesc.

The World Pride Day programme culminates at 5.00pm on Wednesday 1 July with a livestreamed interview with Chrysallis Balears president Carmen Alberto on the Instagram account of the Casal de Joves.

25 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Local Police issue 17 citations for unauthorised camping

The Formentera department of interior reports that in the twelve months since 20 June 2019, the island’s police force cited 17 cases of unauthorised camping, an infraction which carries fines of up to €600.

Barring express administrative authorisation, camping is forbidden everywhere on the island, regardless of whether the site in question is public or private. Also banned are provisional and permanent free-standing structures, including mobile homes, camper vans, vans, cars and tents, not to mention other objects like sleeping bags, mattresses or mattress pads which are designed for overnighting. Individuals are additionally prohibited from sleeping on street furniture.

The restrictions were conceived in the spirit of preserving natural spaces and cultural heritage sites. Given the absence of camp sites on the island that are regulated to guarantee compliance with ecological safeguards, the activity represents a serious risk for Formentera’s land and natural environment.

23 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hails return of art and craft markets

foto 2020 mercat la molaThe Formentera office of trade reports that the start of sales tomorrow, Wednesday 24 June, at the La Savina market signals the return of artisans and artists to seasonal bazaars across the island, as vendors in Es Pujols and Sant Francesc start their season on 28 June, and still others follow soon after — on 1 July in La Mola and a day later in Sant Ferran.

Marketplaces will remain open until October, while local government has pledged to reimburse 100% of the fees street-side merchants pay to ply their trades on the public thoroughfare.

Crowds will be kept at three quarters capacity this year amid the Covid-19 public health crisis. And, though the most recent decree from the Balearic administration requires a minimum safe distance between stands, trade consellera Ana Juan highlighted work between the department and sellers to maximise space whenever possible. Marketgoers in La Mola will notice stalls have spilled over into an additional lot and onto the town’s main arterial, while shoppers in Es Pujols will find vendors have inched into nearby Carrer Cartagena in an effort to allow physical distancing.

Other pre-season tweaks included revamping worse for wear stalls in Sant Ferran, and electrical work around the market in Es Pujols.

The consellera said that in recent weeks artisans of the island had been contacted one by one as organisers teed up the coming season, which she predicted would be unique. “Our markets are among Formentera’s biggest tourist draws, not to mention a remarkable source of dynamism in summer”, confided Juan, who trusted that, even given the atypical state of play in summer 2020, bustling marketplaces would slowly work to rouse the island from slumber.

Markets will open as follows:

La Savina market
From 24 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 10.00pm.

Es Pujols market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 7.00pm to 12 midnight. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy Carrer Cartagena.

Sant Francesc market
From 28 June, Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 12 midnight.

La Mola craft market
From 1 July, Wednesdays and Sundays from 5.00pm to 10.00pm. In 2020 stalls additionally occupy adjacent lot and Avinguda de la Mola.

Sant Ferran craft and art market
From 2 July, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 12 midnight.

23 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

From 1 July, blue and green zone metred parking returns on Formentera

Foto 2020 zona blavaThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from Wednesday 1 July, parking passes will once again be required of drivers who park in blue or green zones in La Savina, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Pujols. Placed on temporary hold with the invocation of emergency orders on 14 March, the metred parking scheme will resume, with summer hours in effect, from the start of July.

-Hours in Es Pujols will now be in line with other towns across the island, with pay-to-park rules enforced from 9.00am to 9.00pm. Mobility conseller Rafael González traced the decision to the public health crisis surrounding Covid-19, citing a projected drop in demand for nighttime parking this season.

-Passes for hotel guests and other overnighters in urban areas with metred parking. Indicating that the initiative had stemmed from an appeal from the island’s tourism sector, the conseller said that this summer tourist establishments would be able to request vouchers and give them to guests, who can use them to get discounts of up to 25% off pay-to-park rates.

-New parking app. “Drivers will no longer have to walk all the way to parking metres”, highlighted González, who said that under the new system, parking passes would be available exclusively to drivers with Flowbird Parking, a free download from Google Play or the Apple Store.

-Any parking passes in effect when emergency orders were declared in March 2020 will have their validity be extended to year end. Conseller González said that the aim of the extension, given the current situation of exception, is to make things easier on users of the metred parking system”.

Metred parking
With summer hours, a parking pass allows its holder to leave a vehicle in a blue zone space for up to one day, unlike the three-day allotment in winter. Passes are required from Monday to Sunday and cost €1.20.

Green zone parking spots are restricted to authorized vehicles only. Eligible vehicles can remained parked in green zone spots for one day in summer, while registered residents of La Savina can park for up to 15 days, as in winter.

Fifteen-minute spaces are designed to encourage a frequent turnover of vehicles in shopping areas where the demand for parking is high. Anyone can obtain a free 15-minute pass at a parking metre. Only 15-minute passes can be used at designated 15-minute parking spots.

Visit www.zonablava.com for more information.

22 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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