Portocolom.—The lobby, calling itself “Salvem Portocolom” said yesterday that its members will be continuing to protest against the Balearic government and its Ports Authority department who are reportedly planning to expand the port by a third to accommodate more boats. “Salvem Portocolom” met yesterday with representatives from the Balearic Ports Authority including its Senior Director Antonio Daudero, the local Sailing Club, and Felanitx town council in whose jurisdiction Portocolom falls.

According to campaigners, Daudero confirmed to them that plans are for new floating pontoons to be installed in the port which will provide 85 new moorings and also for additional moorings to be created out in the bay. The move will apparently increase the berthing capacity of Portocolom by 32% to a total of more than 1'000 moorings.

Some of the new moorings out in the bay, said the lobby, will accommodate vessels of more than 25 metres in length. The complaints of “Salvem Portocolom,” said a representative are chiefly based on environmental grounds as the development will degrade the natural attractiveness of the port and the quality of its water. “Priority should be given to smaller boats and people who live in the municipality of Felanitx,” he said.