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Representatives huddle for first full-house assembly of term

ple-juliol-20191The Consell de Formentera called council members today to the July plenary assembly—the first full-house session of the new legislative term. The session brought cross-party support for a proposed update of the Consell's organisational rules. Assembly members agreed to ask the parliamentary spokespersons' committee (Junta de Portaveus) to study a path forward.

Councillor of General Services, Bartomeu Escandell, pointed out that, since passing in March 2010, the rules, or Reglament Orgànic, “are what's given us our unique status as an administration at both the municipal and island levels. We think it's appropriate, nine years on, to update it for today's reality”.

Representatives agreed to urge the Balearic Parlament to expedite measures towards new legislation governing the island councils, or consells, that recognises the singularity of the Consell de Formentera, and puts the legal framework in place to organise and regulate it.

Upgrades at nature reserve
Support also came for a proposal from Sa Unió de Formentera PP-Compromís about accessibility at ses Salines natural reserve. Brokered by the GxF-PSOE Governing Team, the measure passed with “yes” votes from the 11 councillors of the cabinet, and despite the 6 opposition councillors' abstention.

Mobility councillor Rafael González stressed that the beaches located in ses Salines are among the island's leading draws for tourists, meaning “at rush hour, demand outstrips supply” in terms of parking spots for personal cars.

González framed the proposal as “enlisting tech to go beyond the Sustainable Mobility Strategy's backing of more sustainable modes of transport” to “improve the information we provide ses Salines' visitors about access and what parking conditions to expect”.

Another proposal launched by Sa Unió and brokered by the GxF-PSOE Governing Team concentrated on training opportunities in music and dance on the island. The measure passed despite Sa Unió abstention.

The measure calls on the Balearic Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and the Consell de Formentera to “work together to find an integrative solution to accredited and non-accredited studies in elementary and professional music and dance that uses public money in a way that is smart, efficient and responsible”.

Other proposals
The proposed configuration of the island's coalition of community stakeholders was ratified by unanimous vote. A vote to empower the Consell de Formentera president to oversee so-called special interest declarations for public works and other projects, and a vote to rewrite the waste collection contract with CESPA, both passed despite Sa Unió abstention.

31 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Local fare from all 4 islands at farmers' market

foto-presentacio---farmers pre1Meeting with Farmers, a group of eleven other cooperatives that are based in the Balearics, the chairman of Formentera's agrarian cooperative unveiled a stand dedicated to selling products from the region at the local farmers' market (Mercat Pagès).

Carlos Marí, who directs the local Cooperativa del Camp, pointed out that products made on all four Balearic Islands will be available for purchase at the stand, “not to mention Formentera products like wines, gin, peix sec and olive oil”. The selection can also be found at points of sale across the Balearics, and on in Madrid.

Tolo Mercadel, who heads Farmers' sales and expansion arm, traced the birthplace of the two-year-old initiative to Menorca, and said that with Formentera included, all four islands are contributing products. Mercadel indicated Farmers' plans to push forward with their business model, which he stressed was about putting quality first. “We're hoping to get the buy-in of shoppers who back our moral cause”, he added.

The event was also attended by Cooperativa del Camp chairman Jaume Escandell and two Consell de Formentera officials, commerce councillor Ana Juan and primary sector councillor Josep Marí, who said they support the initiative. Marí said the project "is about showcasing locally-made products" and would be "an important addition to the fresh fruit that's already sold at the mercat". The Mercat Pagès opens Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 2.00pm until October.


30 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Summer school participants spend day cleaning micro plastics

escola-estiu sirena1Children enrolled in Formentera's summer camps spent the day getting rid of the micro plastics littered across Cala Saona beach. The effort was a success thanks to help from Plastic Free Formentera, which brought in an actress who, dressed as a mermaid, led a story time session about the importance of saying “no” to single-use plastics.

Youth councillor Vanessa Parellada said it was just one of the activities scheduled for participants of local escoles d'estiu (literally “summer schools”, though the programme is more similar to day camp). This year's programme, “Breathe the island”, is aimed at “educating islanders about how to use plastic appropriately, and building environmental consciousness”.

Children also learned about the role of lifeguards at beaches. Later, they will use the micro plastics they've collected as decorations at the end-of-summer festival. Tomorrow, another group of day camp participants will be involved in a similar micro plastics cleanup at Ses Platgetes beach in es Caló.


30 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera adds voice to campaign for Mediterranean turtle

tortuga-1-The Environment department of the Consell de Formentera has joined the València-based Fundació Oceanogràfic's “Tortugues en el Mediterrani” initiative. The administration will put up informational posters at CiF bulletin boards, beaches and summer camps to develop awareness around the Caretta caretta species, or loggerhead sea turtle.

Citing the case of a sea turtle that ran aground last week on an Eivissa beach, Councillor of Environment Antonio J Sanz described the campaign as “designed to educate beachgoers and individuals who live near the sea about what to do if they see turtles on our coasts”. Posters inform islanders of the importance of calling 112 in order to activate the response protocol.

In Councillor Sanz's telling, “tourists and residents must understand the importance of caring for these special animals; they play a key part in the underwater ecosystem”.

More than forty towns in the Spanish regions of València, Múrcia and Balears are promoting the initiative. In September the informational signs will go up in the lighted advertising spaces near major bus stops on the island.

29 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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