Bonfire Night Success

from Nickie Bayliss

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On Saturday 4th November many came out in the truly awful British weather to Crestatx to the Bar Paraiso, for an evening of fun, food and fireworks! The rain did stop in the end and we were able to have an amazing evening. Special thanks for the entertainment from the talents of Joe Sortino and the North’s very own piano man, Ben Wright (with a beautiful vocal performance from Saskia Ingrosso). I know that we all love living in Mallorca and embrace the Spanish culture, but every now and then it’s great to come together and be a little bit British.

Entry to the event was with a toothbrush, and a total of 382 were brought along with 32 tubes of toothpaste. Rachel Shuckburgh in Puerto Pollensa had also been collecting to support Anna Edward who will be volunteering later this month in Senegal with the charity “Dentistas Sobre Ruedas” Anna will have too many to fit in her suitcase on this visit but what she can’t take will be taken out with the next volunteer.

Many thanks to Cachi and Mari the owners of the bar for hosting this event, which was supported so wonderfully by the local community.

Nautical School Plans in Alcudia

The municipality of Alcúdia is to have the first professional nautical training centre, a project that will be financed by the sustainable tourism tax, with a bi-annual investment of €2.5m and a capacity for 200 students per year.

The project is the result of the collaboration of the Government Ministers of Tourism, of Education, of Workers and the municipality of Alcúdia. All agreed to emphasize the importance of strengthening vocational training and added that the nautical sector has a demand for workers. The vice president and minister for Tourism, Biel Barceló stressed that the project “fits within the objectives of the eco-tax.”

For his part, Mayor Mir said that the training of young people “is a constant concern” of the City Council and described as “right” to create a nautical training centre in Port d’Alcúdia. He also took the opportunity to announce that he will not give up on the hotel school.

Project Posidonia

Image courtesy of Rafael medina, flickr,com

The Posidonia meadows of the Bay of Pollensa are assured a brighter future after the Balearic Government and the Red Eléctrica signed their development project, named “The Marine Forest”, which will allow the recovery of two hectares of posidonia meadows They are currently in a state of degradation near Punta Avançada.

This unprecedented initiative in the Mediterranean aims to be a living laboratory for marine biologists to explore the slow-growing plant, which is so important for the ecosystem of the entire Mediterranean and whose population has decreased between 5-20% in the last century. 

The area where the posidonia plantation will be carried out will be marked to avoid anchorage and the scientists will be in charge of evaluating the survival and growth of the posidonia specimens, the recovery of the general ecosystem as well as the CO2 emissions.

For more information on Posidonia Meadows in the Balearics, see this video by Mission Blue

Frontline News in Puerto Pollensa

Nine companies located both on the island and on the peninsula have submitted their tender for the second phase of the frontline work in Puerto Pollensa. The pedestrianization project, which will conclude the work begun during the first phase, has been put out to tender for a maximum amount of €2.03m.

Unlike the bidding process for the first phase, the current government team ‘pollencí’ (Junts Avança and UMP) are aiming to assume absolute control of the works, exercising project management, so they can “avoid the problems” that arose after the tender of the first phase, carried out in the last legislature and executed during the winter 2015-1016, by a construction company that was “chosen by simple auction” and that “caused many problems during the development of the works”. 

The second phase of the project will consist of paving part of the road to allow pedestrian use, improving the pavement and wall that separates the beach from the promenade, separating the bicycle lane and installing new garden areas and furniture.