CENTRAL Government's Environment ministry has awarded the concession for mooring management in the Bay of Formentor to Majorcan drug rehabilitation centre, Proyecto Hombre.

All the 109 moorings in the municipality of Pollensa which were previously managed by a private company, will be taken over by “Proyecto Hombre” from the date of official notification - yet to be provided by the government - until 30th November this year.

Assessments provided by Pollensa Town Council and the Balearic delegation of Central Government's Coastal department all showed they approved of the move. The authorities looked favourably on the scheme which will allow those struggling to kick drug and alcohol addiction to become involved in a worthwhile occupation.

The Majorcan Sailing Association had earlier this year entered into negotiations with the Coastal department, offering its services to manage the moorings in return for free anchorage.

The Association had resented the fact that the private management company demanded money for a facility which the sailors felt should be theirs by right.

However, the Association has stepped aside to make room for “Proyecto Hombre”. Meanwhile, the Maritime Affairs branch of Central Government's Environment ministry will be committed to monitoring the mooring situation in Formentor and to reporting any incidents to the Coastal department.

The ministry has responsibility for collaboration with coastal municipalities across Spain to ensure environmental maintenance.