People from 102 countries call Eivissa, the island’s capital, home. Looking at the numbers, the largest foreign collective is from Ecuador with 2,117 people and Rumania with 1,947. The number of British citizens climbed from 357 to 364, while Germans rose from 611 to 627. What is conspicuous in the new statistics from April 2009 is the decline in numbers of Argentineans (down eight percent) and Uruguayans (down almost six percent). Overall the number of residents in Eivissa rose just shy of one percent to 50,576 compared to last year.
Money for rehabilitating sa Penya
Eivissa has a good chance of receiving a generous share of the €12.5 million neighbourhood rehabilitation plan (Plan de Actuacion, Ley de Barrios) from the regional government. The Balearic Islands Minister for Housing, Jaume Carbonero, said during his visit to Ibiza in July that “the sa Penya neighbourhood is one of the most problematic” on the island. Exactly how the funds will be distributed for this two year plan will be settled in August.
Tax and rubbish fees for ruins
Almost four years after the collapse of the Vista Alegre apartment complex in es Cubells, the Sant Josep municipality is still demanding payment of property taxes (Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles, Ibi) and charging fees for rubbish collection. It is the latter that leaves a particularly unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth of attorney Josep Lluis Rios, who represents about 60 percent of the former owners. “My clients are being billed for a service that they cannot even utilise.” According to Mr. Rios the municipality collects about €9.000 each year through these fees.
Food budget for 2009 already spent
In just six weeks the social budget for food for the needy was completely spent. This happened although the budget was more than doubled over the past few years from €300.000 to €00.000. Pilar Ferrero, councillor in charge, said, “The situation is very serious.” It is mainly the unemployed who are forced to come to the city and ask for food assistance. However, she did report, “The situation has improved since the start of the season. The question now remains how long that will continue.”
Weak start to the season
According to Santa Eularia’s Councillor for Tourism, Carmen Ferrer, this year’s season started with several downturns as compared to last year. These were mostly due to the devaluation of the British Pound and the general crisis in Great Britain overall. Additionally, it has been observed that holidaymakers are spending less money than in past year’s. Ms. Ferrer called on all the tourism related businesses in the municipality to provide their customers and guests with the best possible service.
Private clinic presented in Jesus
A private hospital project in Jesús was presented to the public for the first time in July. Businessman Juan Tur Vinas is planning to build an 80 bed clinic near to the football pitch. Plans call for several surgery departments and a critical care unit among other things. According to the investors study the island would profit from an additional hospital. Report writers stated, “This promotes competition and leads to higher quality.”
Fines against tiqueteros
ince the start of the season the local authorities have issued summons fining bar owners a total of 88 times for their use of tiqueteros, otherwise known as ‘proppers’ in English. Acting Mayor José Ramon Serra said, “We are currently checking to see whether further action is necessary. Many bar owners have not yet understood that we mean business as far as this is concerned.” The usual practice of enticing passers-bys to consume alcohol with proppers is no longer being tolerated. Fines can run up to €1.500.
Artisans market agreement reached
The dispute between vendors at the artisan market and the municipal authorities has been resolved after a one-day strike in mid-July. The vendors had complained about the change of location ordered by the municipality from the Passeig de ses Fonts beach promenade to the Carrer Ample near the church, as there is much less passing traffic at the new location. The municipal authorities have promised to advertise the Friday artisan market with brochures and activities.
No pardon for illegal parties
In July Sant Joan’s Mayor Antoni Mari took stock of this year’s campaign against illegal parties. In doing so he especially praised the “trouble-free cooperation of the Local Police and the Guardia Civil”. Mr. Mari further stated that he would not tolerate these sorts of out of hand private parties making their way into Sant Joan. As an example of perfectly coordinated cooperation he mentioned the break up of a party at the Portinatx lighthouse on 24th June. Apparently the police recorded the personal data of all the partygoers and the organisers, their musical equipment was confiscated too.
Sant Joan betting on countryside
“Ibiza’s northernmost and most natural community is increasingly focusing on holidaymakers who are looking for peace and quiet and want to enjoy the island for its gorgeous natural scenery.” These were the words with which Councillor for Tourism Jaume Mari presented the start of the Internet presence www.ibizaruralvillas.es It presents accommodation in the countryside on the web. Mr. Mari also used the occasion to stress that the offerings had “something for every price range”.