Ibiza local news round up – this one’s for residents – a brief summary of some of this week’s key news and announcements around the island.
Sant Miquel to be Home of Ibiza’s First Solar Park
The Balearic Regional Ministry of Territory, Energy and Mobility has granted administrative authorisation for the construction of the first solar energy production park in Ibiza .
The photovoltaic installation of Can Mariano Lluquí, in Sant Miquel, in the municipality of Sant Joan, will occupy an area of almost 30,000 square meters and will consist of a total of 9,240 solar panels, which will cover an area of some 15,000 square meters.
Xylella fastidiosa detected in 115 trees in Ibiza
Most of the affected specimens are Olive trees, and the 115 found to be infected equates to 8% of the 1,419 samples taken.
The Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vicenç Vidal, announced on Wednesday that the Department of Plant Health has confirmed 627 positives for ‘ Xylella fastidiosa ‘ in the Balearic Islands since October 2016.
Of the total confirmed positives, 412 correspond to Mallorca, 115 to Ibiza and 100 to Menorca, while Formentera remains free of the plague.
In Mallorca, the desease is found in a wide variety of trees including fig trees, almond trees, wild olive trees, vines, and cultivated olive trees. In Menorca it is mainly Olives and Almond trees.
In Ibiza, most of the infections have been found in various types of Olive trees and to a lesser extent Almond trees.
90% of those found to be infected have already been destroyed.
Sant Carles School Expansion
Details have been released of plans for a 1.6 million euro expansion of the Sant Carlos School.
The project will be completed in 3 phases.
- 300m2 expansion of the infants building with a cost of about 420,000 €
- 600m2 expansion of the primary building with a cost of about 840,000 €
- Construction of a 320m2 gym with an estimated cost of about 405,000 €
Sant Antoni will have 94 seasonal taxi licenses
The Town Council has increased the number of concessions from 80 in 2017
The councillor for Transport in Sant Antoni, Joan Torres, presented the two associations of Sant Antoni taxi owners the plan of seasonal authorizations 2018-2019, which puts forward an increase of 14 temporary authorizations.
According to the town hall, joint meetings have been held with all the affected groups with the aim of reaching “the greatest possible consensus”.
New rules also extend the period of activity for these taxis, from four to five months, running from May 15 to October 15. Two work shifts will also be established.
At the request of the associations, the town hall has changed the scoring system for granting authorisations. Drivers will earn one point for each year worked and those who have purchased a hybrid vehicle will be granted an extra three points.
Sant Eulalia Day Centre for People With Disabilities.
This week saw the opening of a new Santa Eulalia day centre for people with learning difficulties.
The day centre has a total of 30 places for people aged 16 and over.
The new center is located on Carrer Sant Jaume in Santa Eulalia and is open Monday to Friday throughout the year, from 9 to 17 hours.
Marina Botafoch Management Concession Not Renewed
Ibiza Port Authority have told the current concessionaires of Marina Botafoch that their contract will not be renewed, and that they must leave the port in 2019.
The current holders, Puerto Deportivo Botafoch SL, have held the current licence for 15 years, and do have the right to object to the termination.
In a statement detailing their decision, the Port Authority referred to the “non-social” nature of the current management, and “contract breaches”, being key to their decision.
10 Match Ban for Peña Deportiva Goalkeeper, Francisco Torres
The Balearic Football League has handed down a 10 match ban to Peña’s reserve keeper, Francisco Torres, following receipt of the match referee’s report.
Santa Eulalia’s Peña were playing Peralada, when Torres was shown the red card for discent in his angry demonstrations that Peña should have been awarded a penalty.
Torres continued in his attack on the officials off the pitch. The ref said that Torres “grabbed my left arm, and threw his gloves narrowly missing me and my fellow officials”. In what was described as a tirade of verbal abuse, the Ref said Torres called them (the officials), “sons of bitches, scoundrels and queers.”