THE environmental groups GOB and Nature Defence yesterday described the new Balearic Government's decision not to temporarily suspend the extension of Port Adriano as “their first mistake”.

In April GOB presented a suspension appeal against the extension of this leisure port because it will have a negative effect” on the sea bed in the area and will mean the destruction of around 25'000 square metres of meadows of Neptune grass.

Sources from the environmental association said yesterday that they regretted this decision, as the suspension they asked for was to delay the work to avoid “irreparable damage” while the details of the project were being debated.

One of GOB's motives for presenting the appeal was the impact the project will have on the sea life, as some 30 percent of the cement to build the new port will be put over the sea bed, wiping out the plants there. GOB pointed out that the preservation of these plants is “a priority”, for which the town has received funds from the conservation project LIFE, sponsored by the European Union.

The new port, added the sources, will increase the existing port by 125 percent and there will be 85 new moorings, all of them for large boats (between 20 and 30 metres), with the consequent loss of quality in the bathing waters.