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Formentera gets €66k for local police

foto localitzacio amb-dronThe Formentera Council has received €66,690.36 this year from the Balearic Fons de Seguretat Pública, or “Public Safety Fund”. The money will be directed to staff needs as well as materials for safety.

Public Safety Fund
The point of the fund, apart from helping law enforcement maximise their ability to offer stable and adaptable services, is to bolster coordination between local agencies and promote measures that optimise quality services.

Municipalities must use the assistance to guarantee services are adequate—seventy per cent will be devoted to human resources and the remaining thirty per cent to safety-enhancing materials.

Money from the Public Safety Fund is meant to give distinct branches of municipal and regional administrations the tools to offer efficient law enforcement services and improve public safety in the municipalities of the Balearics.

Competitive exams to fill six police posts
From Wednesday August 22 to Friday August 24, competitive exams will determine candidates for six new posts on Formentera's local police force. The tests will cover general knowledge, familiarity with the territory and regulations at the municipal and island levels, as well as candidates' psychological aptitude and personality traits that may or may not make them fit to serve. The would-be officers' practical and physical qualities will also be tested.

Drone raids and operations in es Cap de Barbaria
Local law enforcement have continued conducting patrols with the help of drones. One operation last week in ses Illetes resulted in the identification of two ambulant vendors and the confiscation of various for-sale items.

The purpose of the drone raids is two-fold: catching perpetrators in the act, and identifying locations used to hide illicit materials, immensely useful for forward operations.

Patrols at the weekend targetted es Cap, another hotspot for itinerant vending.

Formentera hopes to tap sustainable tourism levy for nautical sports centre build and bid to regulate moorage at Estany des Peix

foto estany des peixCounci officials have unveiled two projects they intend to fund with the island's yearly plan to promote sustainable tourism in 2018. The projects —construction of the island's nautical sports center (CEN for its initials in Catalan) and regulation of Estany des Peix— will cost a combined €1.4 million.

Estany des Peix
The plan to install pontoons and low-impact moorage points is guided by a logic of restoring the lake's natural environmental conditions by encouraging orderly, regulated mooring of boats. The bipartisan proposal is aimed at meeting a demand for the service which typically spikes in summer. Regulated moorage has been identified as vital to ongoing use of traditional small drydocks and preservation of natural surroundings.

Given the project's alignment with the key priorities of “Landscapes, conservation and education about environmental-interest sites”set out in the island's annual sustainable tourism strategy for 2018, Council officials are asking to use money from the sustainable tourism tax to finance the €652,156 investment (VAT included).

Nautical Sports Centre
The Nautical Sports Centre build and relocation of the island's municipal sailing school are aimed at tempering the summer-heavy focus of tourism and, at the same time, bolster the amount of “active nautical tourism” available in the low season. Plans are also in place to leverage the public space for educational initiatives concerning the environment inland and at sea.

The project squares with the sustainable tourism strategy's objective of “Acqusition, protection, preservation, modernisation and recuperation of natural, rural and marine environments”, which is why Council officials hope to tap funds from the sustainable tourism levy to pay the €764,433 price tag (VAT included).

Formentera mounts HiSun Point for UV-ray protection

foto HiSun Point 3This Tuesday, Formentera became the first island in the Pityusic archipelago to count among its possessions a machine known as the HiSun Point. The centrepiece of the project, which is headed up by the regional chapter of Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer and Majorcan firm Hi Services (hi-services.es), is an exclusively-designed modular structure combining cutting-edge dermatological diagnosis technology with educational outreach and care.

Equipped with an interactive touch screen, the device features a built-in programme to determine users' skin phototype, link to real-time UV ray data in the area, and offer tips on risk-free enjoyment of the sun's rays. Colour-coded “solar traffic signals” give information about various types of sun exposure and UV radiation risks.

The Council's acting chair, Susana Labrador, described the effort to provide clear information on staying safe from the sun and UV rays as“part of giving islanders and tourists the tools to properly care for their health”.

The HiSun Point is free to use, functions autonomously and will remain in Sant Francesc until year end, when officials will review whether to leave the device where it is or opt for another location. Assembly and rental of the equipment cost nearly eleven thousand euros, VAT not included.

Formentera accepts critiques of Citizen's Information Office

Foto oac atencio al publicThe Formentera Council accepts the PSOE's critique of wait times at the OAC (in August users of the municipal service reported waits of up to an hour) and wishes to make the corresponding apologies to islanders and local political parties. Reprieve is expected in the days to come, when additional staffers will begin duty. The administration began a search for temporary supply staff on June 7. A total of 51 islanders answered the call, with 17 ultimately making it to the selection process, which came to an end on Wednesday, August 1. Officials anticipate names of winning candidates will be announced on Monday August 6. While thanking islanders for the patience and understanding, the Formentera Council also wishes to applaud OAC staff for their professionalism. Reinforcements are on the way.

As for the office's digital equivalent, the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (or OVAC), no incidents have been reported in thirty days. 

Formentera vets mobility and waste management schemes

foto ple juliol 2018 1Attendees of the Formentera Council's monthly plenary session voted to grant preliminary approval to the island's Pla de Mobilitat Sostenible, a sustainable mobility strategy introduced Wednesday, July 4, at a meeting of the local league of community representatives. The session also ended in support for draft guidelines on how non-hazardous waste is collected and managed locally. The two proposals were passed with “yes” votes from senior Gent x Formentera cabinet secretaries. PP, PSOE and Compromís party members, for their part, abstained.

Mobility secretary Rafael González highlighted the crucial nature of the mobility plan, saying “[the Pla de Mobilitat] is about getting motorists to share the road with users of other more sustainable modes of transport”. “The idea isn't that people be less mobile”, González clarified, “but walking, cycling or using public transport whenever possible”.

Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera applauded her counterparts' support of the preliminary waste management plan, calling it “a chance to define goals like prevention and reduced waste generation—both key elements to an improved approach to management”.

The fundamentals of the two plans can be consulted on the Formentera Council's transparency portal, which is also where the terms will be published once the complete details are posted to the Balearic Islands official gazette.

Other proposals
The initial votes on the two plans occupied a particularly significant place in the July plenary, which was held in the conference hall of the island's dependant care centre. Other measures got backing as well. The Council's senior secretaries scored across the board support for a proposal to join a regional pact for children (Pacte Balear per la Infància). Meanwhile, a GxF measure to request human resources and materials for the island's health centre and hospital got “yes” votes from GxF, PP and Compromís. PSOE party reps opted to abstain.

The PP earned cross-party support for a proposal to remodel sa Casilla.

The PSOE won unanimous backing for its proposal on Formentera's judicial district.

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