In Menorca there is a project to double the sea area for doubling the Addaia sport Marina. There is also a plan to build dry marinas, for boats, in Cala Molí, Cala en Busquets, and Ciutadella. It is also planned to fill up the Cala Figuera area in Maó with boats. Continue reading First walk “in-SOS-tenible” (unsustainable) against nautical overcrowding
Until now, Menorca has been free of overcrowding. So, what has happened lately to cause many visitors to say that the island is no longer as it was and that there are many Menorcans who see the Menorca they love slipping away from them? Continue reading Overcrowding by tourists can be controlled by accommodation capacity
This is the second evaluation of the Decree-Law of last February on urgent measures for the sustainability and circularity of tourism in the Balearic Islands. The first evaluated the need and scope for a moratorium on new tourist places. Today we analyse the principal shortcomings and dangers found in the text that should be discussed like a Parliamentary law. Continue reading Tourism Decree-Law (2): avoid greenwashing and urban hazards
The news of works to enlarge the parking at Punta Nati has caught many people by surprise. This is especially so because Menorca has already learned from sufficient existing data on the subject. Continue reading Punta Nati: Enlarge the parking or manage transport
The fourth round table debate on projects that are hoping for European Next Generation funding will, this week, be on two sustainable tourism projects. They can be followed by attending at the Ateneu of Maó or on its youtube channel , this Thursday at 8 pm.
Tuto Saura will explain the Rebot project. Electric Llauts, and Àlex Billyra of Smart Demant. Intelligent Tourism. This will be followed by a debate between the attendees.
The great weight of tourism on our economy, with the corresponding social and environmental impact, forces us to reinvent ourselves constantly to be leaders in a tourist model based on sustainability.
This cycle of round table debates is organised by the Ateneu of Maó and GOB with the collaboration of Menorca Preservation. It aims to present and discuss projects that hope for European Next Generation funding. The last of these sessions will be on Thursday 3 March.
GOB has asked Costas (the Balearic Government Ministry for the Coast and Shore) to act to end mud baths on the beaches of Menorca. A good number of bathers ignore the signs and the phenomenon is repeated each summer. Measures should be enforced to avoid irreversible degradation of the sections of the beach caused because of this antisocial practice. Continue reading Costas should stop mud baths
There is a new episode in the story of the two large Son Bou hotels. Now, the Alaior Town Council is denying GOB, in writing, access to the file regarding the modernization of the buildings. GOB has filed an appeal because the implication is that both the right to access public information and the duty of transparency are being violated. Continue reading Son Bou Hotels: hidden file
At the same time that hundreds of people were presenting objections following the model made available by GOB, the association also submitted a large document with ideas for improving many of the provisions that appear in the texts of the PTI (Pla Territorial Insular, Territorial Planning for the next years) that have been available for public scrutiny for 40 business days. Continue reading Improving the PTI
Various illegal construction works have resulted in considerable fines to the managers of an agrotourism that presented a project with a theoretical environmental commitment, now realised to be a hoax. The case shows the necessity of clear regulation with effective surveillance.
The agrotourism of Torre Vella, in the municipality of Alaior, presented a project that, amongst other problems, expended a lot of water from the aquifer for tourist services. In an effort to reduce this impact, the project incorporated various below ground level water tanks that could collect water, purified on the spot, which would be used for watering the gardens. Continue reading Seven illegal swimming pools at an agrotourism
The PTI (Pla Territorial Insular) is a strategy for defining the territorial model of Menorca. It is now open to public scrutiny and is the best time for giving opinions to improve the documentation that was approved initially. GOB has studied all the documentation and makes available to interested people, an objection form that can be signed by individuals or by legally existing organisations. Continue reading Participation in making objections to the PTI