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Ibiza municipality news for April 2009

April 6th, 2009

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Luxury hotel near cathedral

In March the Spanish Tourism Undersecretary, Joan Mesquida, accompanied by local politicians, laid the cornerstone for the first Parador Hotel on the Balearic Islands. The Parador Ibiza will be moving into the palace, currently under renovation, next door to the cathedral. Plans include 72 rooms as well as a spa. Construction is scheduled to last 30 months and the costs, being covered by the central government, will amount to 11.3 million euros. Paradores are state-run luxury hotels in prime locations.

Ministry of Defence to sell property

Let the bidding begin! The last undeveloped property on Avenida 8 d’Agost is being auctioned off. The current owner is the Spanish Ministry of Defence and they have set the starting price for the 5,137 square metre area, across from the Granhotel Ibiza, at 11.93 million euros. The purchaser will be announced on 24th April. If no solvent interested party is found by then the ministry plans a maximum of two further attempts to sell. The starting price will drop 15 percent on each additional attempt.

ibiza townSan Jose

Not a bit of excellence

Construction efforts over the past few months within the framework of the “Plan de Excelencia” infrastructure project in Cala de Bou are producing far from excellent results. Residents and businesses in the area have pointed out the shoddy workmanship to the authorities on numerous occasions. In early March Maria de los Angeles Mostazo, municipal tourism councillor, assuaged worries by saying, “We will only accept and sign off on the work when everything is perfect.”

Infrastructure or Ses Salines

Residents of the four residential zones within the Ses Salines Natural Reserve will be getting some basic infrastructure. Councillor for Construction, Josep Antoni Prats, announced in March that the majority of the houses built years ago will be connected to the sewer system and that roads will be receiving sidewalks and streetlights, amongst other things. Additionally the overground electricity and telephone cables will be moved underground. Mr. Prats said, “The construction project will be funded to the tune of 16.5 million euros.”

ibiza townSanta Eulalia

Sewage treatment plant construction to start

The modernisation of the sewage treatment plant in Santa Eulalia appears to have been scheduled for this autumn, according to a spokesperson for the Balearic Islands Ministry of the Environment. A pertinent protocol with central government for the financing of the 7 million euros project has already been signed. “The contract,” said the spokesperson, “took so long because the ministry had prioritised the treatment plant in Platja d’en Bossa.”

Private hospital must prepare new impact report

The Balearic Islands Ministry of the Environment has required investors in a private hospital in Jesus to prepare a new environmental impact report. A ministry spokesperson said in March that the documents submitted by the company Iniciativas Medicas de Ibiza y Formentera S.L. were nowhere near sufficient. For example, the ministry wishes to know what the plans are for traffic connections to the three buildings of the planned health complex near the Ses Feixes wetlands.

ibiza townSan Antonio

Monthly fines for mayor

In the Cretu case Mayor Jose Sala is now being forced to pay directly from his own pocket. According to a decision handed down by the regional court in Palma, Mr. Sala was required to pay a first fine of 1,000 euros in March. He will have to pay further fines until at least July because the judge on the case finds that the municipal authorities are knowingly procrastinating in carrying out the judicial order for demolition of the musician’s estate. If the finca has not been demolished by July, Mr. Sala will be fined 600 euros each week.

Historic lighthouse to be restored

In March the local council decided to award the contract for the restoration of the historic Faro de ses Covetes lighthouse above the harbour to the Refoart S.L. company. A spokesperson for town hall announced construction will start in April and will take a maximum of six months. The costs, expected to run about 400,000 euros, will be paid with funds from the national economic stimulus package. The lighthouse, which commenced operations on 15th September 1897, was taken out of service years ago.

ibiza townSan Juan

Poster contest for the Eve of San Juan

The ‘longest’ night in Sant Joan – midsummer’s eve or ‘Nit de Sant Joan’ – is already making news. The Institut d’Estudis Eivissencs (IEE) has called on residents of the island to participate in the poster competition for the Eve of San Juan. Along with a bit of notoriety the winner will also receive 600 euros. Artists can submit their ideas to the IEE in Eivissa until 26thMay. Participants are free to choose the form, whether photography, painting, graphics or other medium.

Your local authorities in Santa Gertrudis

Residents of Sant Joan can now deal with visits to the authorities at Santa Eulalia’s municipal field office in Santa Gertrudis. The mayors of Sant Joan and Santa Eulalia, Antoni Mari Mari and Vicente Ferrer recently signed the appropriate agreement. A spokesperson for town hall in Sant Joan said, “Necessary fees will be aligned with the rates in Santa Eulalia.” The service will be offered until Sant Joan is able to open its own municipal field office in the area.

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Ibiza News: Still no solution for flooded underpasses

September 2nd, 2008

A year after the serious flooding of underpasses on the new motorways, the Balearic Islands Ministry for Construction is still searching for a solution to the problem. The ministry, under the direction of Jaume Carbonero (Social Democrats, PSOE), had charged a construction company to design a drainage system after the events of last autumn. However, no less than 13 public authorities, including the Sant Josep and Eivissa municipalities, as well as the Spanish Costal Authority, having received the plans from the Apia XXI Company, must sign off on the project.

Currently there is no consensus in sight, and thus no scheduled date to begin with construction to solve the problem. Twelve of the authorities rejected the concept from Apia XXI. Problems with the plan include the construction of two underground pipes that would divert the water into the sea at the holiday beach of Platja d’en Bossa and near to the sa Sal Rossa defensive tower.

ibiza underpassOther technical details were also called into question, for example there were no specifics given about the maintenance of the 1,685 and 575 metre long concrete pipes. There was nothing else for Minister for Construction Carbonero to do but to admit a certain helplessness during his visit to Ibiza in mid-September. He explained, “This is in fact a complicated problem that we’ve inherited from the previous government.” Not to mention an expensive one. “We are expecting total costs to run to between 3–5 million euros.”

The general director of the ministry, Antoni Armengol, was cautiously optimistic about the possibility of building a collecting tank for the water at the edge of the Ses Salines natural preserve. This would require a tank of approximately 30,000 square metres, about the size of three football pitches.

After heavy rains drivers will have to take detours around these underpasses, at least in the immediate future. Minister Carbonero said, “We’ve worked out an emergency protocol that arranges for the timely closure of at-risk sectors and the rerouting of traffic.” In the meantime, the Apia XXI construction company have been asked to improve their design.

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Ibiza Conference centre hosts first international event

September 2nd, 2008

Under the watchful eyes of Balearic Islands Minister President Francesc Antich (Social Democrats, PSOE), and countless numbers of travel agents and journalists from Spain and abroad, the conference centre in Santa Eularia, Ibiza held its first international event on 19th September.

Santa Eularia’s mayor Vicente Marí and Island Council president Xico Tarres used Antich’s presence and that of the Balearic Island Minister for Tourism, Francesc Buils, to encourage them to finance the second phase of construction for the conference centre in the 2009 budget. However, the two politicians from Palma didn’t make any definitive statements with regard to this request. Antich said, “We should all continue to work together to press ahead with the project, but it won’t be easy to secure financing for the second phase.”

ibiza conference centerMinister for Tourism Buils said the conference centre was a good example of how Ibiza can be made Conference centre hosts first international event more attractive to high quality tourism. A study by the Balearic Islands Ministry for Tourism shows that Ibiza attracts just 5.1 percent of all conference visitors to the Balearic Islands. Buils commented, “Ibiza still has a lot of potential in this area.”

While Ibiza is focused on the financing and marketing of the conference centre, visitors to the Biennale of Architecture, running until 23rd November in Venice, were impressed with the architecture of the new centre. The Spanish Ministry of Housing used the conference centre, designed by architects Jesús Ulargui and Eduardo Pesquera, as the representative object for the Spanish pavilion at the Biennale.

Ulargui was quite pleased, saying, “This isn’t just an honour for the architects. The appointment also speaks highly of the municipal authorities in Santa Eularia who were bold enough to open the project to an international call for submissions.”

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Ibiza plans to modernise the two historic markets

September 2nd, 2008

Ibiza towns’ authorities are planning to modernise the two historic markets, Mercat Vell (the Old Market) and sa Peixateria (the Fish Market). Both are located just a few metres away from one another in the La Marina harbour quarter at the foot of the ramp to the fortified city.

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Mercat Vell

While the Mercat Vell still has about half a dozen stands that sell fruit and vegetables at the moment, the sa Peixateria has been neglected for years. The city authorities only open the heavy iron doors into the tiled interior of the market a few times a year, at most.

The restoration project will give the two markets a more modern polish and return them to the residents of the city quarter. Upon announcement of the plans Mayor Lurdes Costa said, “We have three goals with this project. We hope to provide the residents with the opportunity to buy high quality produce in their neighbourhood, the markets should attract more tourists and, last but not least, we want to provide better sales opportunities for traditional island products.”

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Fish Market

The director, Alvaro Curiel, believes that the project will cost approximately 3 million euros. Curiel said, “At the moment we’re still working on the first draft of the concept.” Before the concept can be translated into concrete construction plans it will have to be approved by the commission for the protection of historic sites.

Mayor Costa further stated that they will also be applying for funds for the project from the Spanish Ministry for Housing, saying, “We hope that Madrid will cover up to half of the costs of the project.” Residents of La Marina saw the project in a positive light. They pointed out that, with respect to the city authorities, they’ve been advocating better use of the potential of the two markets, both of which are steeped in tradition, for years.

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Ibiza News: Can Misses II – political infighting over construction and equipment

September 2nd, 2008

The planned new hospital, Can Misses II, is already bringing politicians out fighting on several fronts, with countless numbers of main players and bit parts. Although Eivissa’s city government is still negotiating with the owners of the property where they would like to build the new hospital, patient groups and the opposition People’s Party (PP) are already fighting over the hospital’s equipment and furnishings.

Emotions are running high over demands for a radiotherapy machine for patients needing such treatments. The Spanish-wide association ‘Asociacion Espanola Contra el Cancer’ (AECC) and the ‘Asociacion de Defensa del Paciente’ issued clear statements, saying, “We view such a treatment option as not just a medical necessity. It is a matter of respect shown to cancer patients on Ibiza and Formentera.”

Those fighting for the radiotherapy machine have found support from the PP. A PP delegate in the Balearic Islands parliament, Carmen Castro, presented data from the Spanish Ministry of Health showing that “in the Navarra Region there is a radiotherapy machine for every 100,000 residents”. There are clearly more residents than that here on the islands.

can missus, ibizaOn a previous visit to Ibiza the Balearic Islands Minister for Health, Vicenç Thomas (Social Democrat, PSOE), did not explicitly rule out the purchase of such a machine for the new hospital, however he did state that the ‘white book of medicine’ recommends a machine for every 200,000 residents and that his ministry has not planned for this expenditure for Ibiza.

According to information provided by the patient associations, in 2007 over 200 cancer patients travelled to Mallorca for treatment. AECC spokesperson Antoni Pallicer said, “Many Spanish citizens from the mainland who live on the Pine Islands prefer to visit a hospital on the mainland when they need treatments. They can stay with relatives or friends for free.” The Balearic Islands Ministry of Health provides a daily stipend of just 12 euros for patients who have to travel for treatment .

Pallicer says, “From this they have to pay both for their meals and a room, which is impossible.” The AECC and ‘Asociacion de Defensa del Paciente’ presented Island Council president Xico Tarres with a petition of almost 30,000 signatures supporting the purchase of such a radiotherapy machine.

In addition, the Balearic Islands Ministry of Health are still holding firm to their schedule for hospital construction, despite the fact that the negotiations with the property owners for the property are not yet complete. Island councillor for health policies, Patricia Abascal, recently said, “We will be inviting bids for the Can Misses II project at the beginning of 2009.”

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