THE Balearic and central environment ministries have agreed to spend more than 120 million euros on the local coastlines, after reviving an agreement signed with the previous government of José María Aznar.
Jaume Font, the Balearic minister, yesterday expressed his satisfaction at the agreement, describing it as an historical day for the Balearics, and the fruit of work carried out in silence and unhurriedly. Under the terms of the agreement, which increases the total amount of invesment from 96 to more than 120 million euros, the Balearic government will provide 61.7 million euros for developing amenities along the coast, while the central ministry will provide a further 59.5 million euros for other projects on the coastline.
Font said that no previously approved projects had been modified, and, although his department does not have jurisdiction over the coasts, it can make improvements to the public domain with projects involving conservation and sustainability. The projects include a botanical garden at Es Carnatge (Palma); improvements to the bay of Porto Colom in Felanitx; cleaning up the coast line; improving the use of space in the Port of Soller and improving pedestrian accesses to Cala Bona (Son Servera).
Considerable sums will also be spent on fighting against the erosion of beaches in Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
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