Palma.—Pollensa Council yesterday announced its intention to apply for permission from the Balearic Coastal Department to create as many as a 100 official moorings in the Bay of Pollensa.

The council also wants to seek permission to extend the jetties nearest to the Albercuix and Can Franc river beds while it intends to study increasing the number of moorings in la Gola.

The council's primary aim is to bring some control and order to moorings in the area between the roundabout and the military base which during the summer becomes cluttered with vessels mooring at anchor or illegally.

The council believes that by extending the jetties and installing official moorings it will be able to control nautical activity which a times poses a threat to bathers and also increases pollution.

Every year, the local council in association with the Coastal Department carries out numerous clean up operations in the area between the yacht club and the military base and removes tons of illegal concrete moorings dropped during the summer.

The Pollensa Councillor for the Environment, Maria Buades, explained that the idea is not to bring some control over moorings in all of the bay, but to get a grip on the situation in so called ‘mooring black spots' which have been dogging the local council for years.

More attractive
She also said that once the moorings at la Gola have been properly sorted out, they will make the area more attractive.
The local authority has recently agreed to put the project out to private tender once permission has been granted and it hopes that the new moorings will be in place in time for this summer.

For many years now, demand for moorings in the Bay of Pollensa has been at a premium and the local council maintains that it is high time that the situation is brought under control for the benefit of the nautical industry, bathers, the tourist industry, the local community and the marine environment.

The project has been welcomed by local residents and the Pollensa council hopes that permission will be granted as quickly as possible.