Palma de Majorca.—The Club Náutico in Can Picafort says that the building, which will house a small cafeteria, a meeting room and toilets has the backing of the Balearic Ports Authority, but according to current legislation, such a development in the port is prohibited.

The town council of Santa Margalida under whose jurisdiction Can Picafort falls is not looking favourably on the project at all. A spokesman for the council said that the ban on buildings of a social nature in the port has been in force since 1986 but the government authority will have the final say.

The President of the Can Picafort sailing club, Antoni Montserrat said yesterday that many sailing clubs in Majorca don't have sufficient facilities. “The Ports Authority has given us the green light over the project, and so far as the law is concerned, it is Port Law that there should indeed be a small refreshment area and toilets for public use.” The Can Picafort Sailing Club has been managing the marina installations since May when, after a long legal battle, a court finally brought Puerto Deportivo S.A.'s management contract to an end.

The Sailing Club had taken the managers to court because the signed contract had committed Puerto Deportivo S.A. to investing money in improvements and upkeep in the marina which it had failed to carry out. Work will start this month on the main esplanade.

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