It’s all getting a bit stormy in Ibiza

August 6th, 2007 - 8:48 pm Posted in Amnesia, bora bora, DC10, manumission | Comments (0)

Today the storm clouds gathered over Ibiza – literally.

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Ibiza has been “open for business” for 2 months now, in clubbing terms, and tempestuous they have been.

The opening weekend featured most of the biggest DJ’s in the world and an audience estimated to be as high as 15,000.

The local police though had a field day confiscating drugs and arresting over some 400 people. Of those that got past the door, the police and security, eleven of them finished their party in the intensive care department of the island’s hospital. The authorities we’re not amused..

06-08-07a.jpgDetermined to take action to protect the image of the island, in an ever competitive market place, and realizing that the only punishment that would make the venues take notice, would have to be whilst they we’re open – ie in the season, so draconian action took place.

They appear to have gone through their records and fast-tracked past misdemeanors. Within days Amnesia, the island’s longest established club was closed for a month. DC10, the renowned monday morning venue for those still not ready for bed, were closed for 2 months as was Bora Bora (a beach bar on Playa d’en Bossa beach). Both of the latter sidestepped the potential, and intended, financial damage that the authorities had in mind. Bora Bora relocated to next door and DC10 had the judgment overturned in Palma, on appeal, but a point had been made. It took Amnesia far longer to reopen….

Next we heard that El Ayoun in San Rafael had been closed for exceeding the remit of its licence and will eventually reopen as a restaurant only and that future reprimands were in the pipeline. Next to fall was Kanya in Cala des Moro – again licence infringements were cited. No-one can deny there seems to be a lot of posturing going on – why is another question…

06-08-07b.jpgCurrently we have the doors locked, apparently by the venue owners, for Manumissions Friday night spectacular as of last friday night.

Once we know "accurate" information on everything we’ll let you know. As usual, island gossip has hit full steam so take everything you read with a very large pinch of the proverbial salt…

On the other side of the coin: airport, ferry & cruise ship passenger figures were up for July and the first part of August so far – compared to last year…

We’ll see you at Ibiza Rocks tomorrow and Wednesday for another couple of nights of trouble free live music…

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