THE Pollensa Local Police force has closed off a 100 metre stretch of the Albercuix beach, after sewage pollution was detected in the sea.
The stretch which has been closed off is between the Restaurante Mestral and the hotel Sis Pins.
Council sources said yesterday that the analyses of the water made on a regular basis by the health authorities had shown a reduction of the quality of the sea water in the area over the past few days.
They attributed it to a spillage from cesspits still used by old buildings in the area or to the age of the sewage pipes.
Mayor Joan Cerda said that the beach would remain closed until the source of the filtrations was determined.
In order to trace the source, he added, a camera on a robot would be used.
The filtrations did not cause any changes in the sea water, and many tourists and summer residents were surprised to see the beach closed off.
Albercuix beach is next to the Paseo Anglada Camarassa, the main street in the resort.
Various bar and restaurant owners who have terraces next to the beach complained about the visibility of the ribbon blocking access.
The Mayor, however, said that priority was given to protecting the health of tourists. He added that people could swimm safely at the rest of the beach, but not on the stretch which has been fenced off. We do not want to create social alarm, but we are aware that we are in the high season, however, it is health which is the most important, Cerda said.
A stretch of beach had to be closed last summer, also because of filtrations.
Earlier this month, the Cala Gran beach in Cala d'Or was closed for two days after a sewage spill was detected.