Promoting tourism

THE sailing school at Portopetro in Santanyi has just been opened and Mayor Miquel Vidal said that its purpose was to promote, organise and develope the teaching and practice of sports related to the sea. He said it would provide a service to boost quality tourism, offering a wide range of activities. The centre took three years to complete, thanks to 420'000 euros from the Santanyi town council, 300'000 euros from the Balearic government and 60'000 euros from S'Institute. The opening was attended by 350 guests who included the Mayor, Llorenç Rigo, the president of the Portopetro Yacht Club, and Manuel Patiño, the vice.president of Balearic Ports. The four storey building is divided into three parts: the sailing school, bar restaurant and club house. The sailing school includes storage facilities for light boats and canoes, an office for monitors, dressing rooms, showers and a multi-purpose room.

Budget revised

THE Balearic ministry of education has revised its budget for the new secondary modern school of Alcudia, providing an extra 1.2 million euros bringing the total up to 4.5 million euros. The ministry was forced to do this when no construction company bid for the contract, claiming the budget was too low, even though the ministry cut some features such as air conditioning. Mayor Miquel Ferrer said that it was good news, but the bad news was that it would now be impossible to award the contract in September. The earliest will be October, and as the school will take 12 months to build, it will not be ready for the 2008-09 school year as had been originally planned. The local parents association has been demanding a new school for more than a year, complaining that the classrooms are overcrowded.

Lottery win

A total of 350'000 euros was won in Llucmajor in the ONCE lottery draw held on Friday. The lucky number was 30'201, sold by Jaime Cantallops, who has been selling coupons for the ONCE draw since 2003. He sold ten coupons with this number, each one with a prize of 35'000 euros. The ONCE draw is one of the most popular on the island.

More parking facilities

THE town council is seeking bids for a contract to reform the car park close to the sports ground in the Port. The land belongs to the council and is already used as a car parkm but it needs to be asphalted and equipped with pavements and lighting. Mayor Joan Cerda said that it would also have a garden and a children's playground. The cost of the project is 180'000 euros and half of it will be paid for by the Council of Majorca.


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