Dear Sir, WITH reference to your story, “Government to raise more money from leisure ports” (23/01) I believe your readers would be interested in the possible ramifications of these new 30 year concessions.

Superficially, the offer of 30 more years looks attractive, and indeed to some clubs that are run by the members it probably is - accepting that the costs will be considerably increased.

However current berth owners in all marinas must be aware of the possible catastrophic consequences of accepting the new 30 year concessions that MUST accept the contents of ley 10/2005-Ley de Costas.

As described in your article the marinas are obliged to adapt their infrastructures and services to the minimum established by the Law and pay the new taxes set by the Government.

What has not been touched upon however are the rights of current berth owners and their future under the new ley 10/2005.
I refer to article 64 of ley 10/2005: “The authorisation of the use of a mooring is of a personal nature and non-transferable, for a single title holder and for a specific boat”.
I would remind readers that following the introduction of the new concession to Club de Vela in Andratx previous berth owners were recently informed that their ownership was now null and void.

Are the alarm bells ringing?
They should be!

Yours, John Rule
Sol de Mallorca

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