Dear Sir,

I want to let you know that, all is not well in Puerto Andratx.
The police and Guardia Civil are out in force every day, with roadblocks, it's as if there are too many in one place.
So they have to target the tourists, or the investors here.
In March a lot of wealthy people were arriving to buy houses, usually above 5 million euros, so you would think that we need their money to help the economy, but they stop them in their brand new Bentleys, Rolls Royce's, Lamborghini's, Hummer's, Porsche's, and Ferrari's.

I don't know what they expect would be wrong, maybe no ins or maybe they don't have a ITV, as obviously being brand new, they do not need one! The damage this does cannot be counted, as we don't know how many people decide not to buy! Then there is the latest idea to raise money, the owners of houses on the Montport area, have all been given bills, as high as 30'000 euros each, if they have a villa, and when they say they will pay a deposit, and the rest when the work begins, the reply is that if they don't pay all, their house will be embargoed.

The owners lawyers are fighting the payment in the courts! Also they knocked down a block of apartments near the sea wall, as they said the land was zoned for a carpark.

My question is, why did they wait until it was completely finished, then knock it down?
When I speak to the police, they do not accept that they are in the EU, but they take the money that is given them .
We need to let people know in high places, as things have to change! Maybe in your paper.

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Dear Sir, I read with in

terest your article regarding the Balearic Symphony Orchestra taking strike action later in the month.
This will affect three opera performances at the Teatro Principle and cause disappointment from the very supporters the orchestra should be courting.
Is this the same orchestra which are reportedly around €10 million in debt after years of miss management and financial excess.
I would say that they are getting off lightly by having their funding cut by 32% and 37% by Palma City Council and the Council of Mallorca.
What makes the orchestra more important than the health service, support for tourism, education, housing etc. etc.
Has no one in the orchestra heard of the Spanish recession.
If I had my way, I would stop any more funding until the OSB can learn to live within their means and stop behaving as though they are some kind of special case.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Cliff

Cal d'Or


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