Palma.—Small businesses in Calvia have slammed local authorities after they approved the creation of a new market in the area, a move they believe to be a personal attack on their future.

The council is proposing two weekly markets in Peguera on Tuesdays and Santa Ponsa on Saturdays, both in the morning to “dinamise the economic activity in the area, promote trade and encourage tourism.” Most locals think differently though. “It's insensitive from their part. They want to sink us and finish us completely,” they say.
The general belief is that local officials are placing too much pressure on the already saturated retail sector. Businesses are facing higher taxes, an increasing crisis and shorter tourist season and the creation of these markets will put them under even greater pressure. Authorities replied saying “they want to reach an agreement with the locals so everybody is happy.”