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Sales start 7 July

Posted by dolly diver on July 4, 2008
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summer-salesThe Canarian government, bowing to pressure from trade associations, have brought forward the start date for the annual summer sales.

Initially scheduled for 12th July, the Sales now begin next Monday (7th July) on most islands.
The decision had to be taken because many shops wanted to go their own way and start their sales from late June in a bid to attract custom and mitigate the effects of the current economic downturn.

The leading retail associations and chambers of commerce asked the authorities to amend the initial date to create a united position and prevent a split between the early birds and other shops who were willing to respect the original plans.

For many years now there has been much speculating about the plans for the construction of a multi-purpose port at Fonsalía, between Playa San Juan and Alcalá on our west coast of Tenerife.

Draft plans for the €177 million project, covering an area of 27,000m, have now been announced by the Canarian government. They include four large quays for commercial vessels and inter-island ferries, docking facilities for cruise liners and a sports marina with berths for 463 boats.

The initial plans have been in the pipeline for some time now, and a lot of consideration has been given as to how to build the new section of the island ring road, between the Adeje roundabout and Guia de Isora, which has to include a connection running down to Fonsalía to cope with the increased amount of commercial and tourist traffic the port will bring.

Coalición Canaria spokesperson for Guía de Isora council, Jesús Morales said the project represented a unique opportunity for economic development in the municipality and would be taking a great deal of ferry traffic from Los Cristianos.

Guia de Isora Mayor, Pedro Martín, said he was delighted by the economic boom the project would bring to the area but there were still many obstacles to overcome, such as how to access the tiny village of Fonsalía and the environmental concerns of the people living there. Consideration of the environmental impact on the area was a priority.

An oil tanker, built in the 1970’s and banned from EU waters for not having passed official safety inspections, has been allowed to refuel in the port of Santa Cruz, according to Port Authorities.

The ship, named Blue Ice, is a small tanker of about 90 metres in length and registered Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

It was refused entry into the European Union after faults were detected during a series of inspections, although the Government sources have not revealed the exact nature of the defects. However, Blue Ice received authorisation to dock in Santa Cruz because it was low on fuel and it was deemed preferable to allow it to stay and refuel rather than it be left to drift.

The National Police supervised the tanker’s refuelling operation which took around 2 hours. The ship did not appear to be carrying any cargo.

After a number of high profile disasters off the coasts of Europe involving older single-skinned tankers, new regulations were introduced. Oil tankers are now required to have a second, inner skin which adds extra protection against an oil spill in the event of a collision.

The Canarian Government has expressed its surprise that the independent authorities were not informed. Its sources state that whilst they recognise that responsibility lies with the State, the Canary Islands were recently declared a “Zona Marítima Especialmente Sensible” (Special Maritime Area) by the International Maritime Organisation. They say they will therefore appeal to Capitanía Marítima (Marine Headquarters) – headed by the Ministry of Development – for more information on the matter.

Los Cristianos harbour
The message is clear, the Coastal Department plan to begin the process of expropriation and demolition of illegal buildings in the bay of Los Cristianos, particularly in the Los Tarajales zone.

A meeting was called between José Alberto González, mayor of Arona and local hotel owners to explain the situation and to discuss the improvements which have been in planning for months by The Cabildo, the Canarian Government and the Coastal Department for the stretch between the Barranco de Aquilino and the Playa Chica.

All illegal buildings will be demolished that block or make the public zone difficult. Boats anchored in the bay will be made to leave. The beach will be revamped, extended and walkways improved.

In total, 8 five-star hotels, 10 smaller hotels, and 4 others under construction were declared illegal. Together, they account for 7,721 hotel rooms or apartments on the island. Top-of-the-range hotels that could be pulled down are the Meliá Volcán, Iberostar Papagayo, Gran Castillo, Natura Palace, Rubicón Palace, Papagayo Arena and Son Bou.

A special police unit, which fights organised crime, has been called in to investigate whether the former mayors of Teguise and Yaiza issued illegal building licences in return for back-handers from property developers.

Business groups in the area say pulling down 22 hotels will leave hundreds out of work and hit the tourist trade hard.

Spain’s Ministry of Defence has signed up to a joint effort with the Canarian government to help protect the whales and dolphins living in waters around the Islands.

Following months of negotiations, Defence officials have agreed to halt Naval exercises in the areas where the cetaceans are commonly found and will contribute to a new 800,000 euro research initiative aimed at enhancing the conservation status of the mammals. The agreement is also backed by the Ministry of the Environment. Experts believe that up to 8 whales and dolphins die on Canarian beaches every after losing their sense of direction due to the impact of sonar equipment used on Navy ships.