10-07-2014JOSE BARCELO

The central government delegate to the Balearics wants British police on the streets of the resort and a crack Guardia Civil unit as well next summer.

Palma.—The Balearic Minister for Tourism, Jaime Martinez, indicated yesterday that tomorrow could mark the end of Magalluf as we have known it for the past few years.
After a summer  during  which the resort attracted world wide headlines for all the wrong reasons and the local authorities came under immense pressure from British tour operators and the British government to get a grip on the resort, action on cleaning Magalluf up and reinstalling law and order will begin this week.
Martinez said yesterday that tomorrow, the Balearic cabinet will approve Magalluf being declared a “mature resort”.
This will mean that Calvia Council will have to draw up a special security plan, similar to the one introduced in the Playa de Palma by Palma City Council this year, to crack down on the mayhem and illegal activity witnessed last summer.
The new municipal order Calvia Council is going to draw up will ban pub crawls and drinking alcohol in the street and this will apply to all the resorts in the municipality.
It will also give the green light for security in Magalluf to be significantly stepped up and, it is understood that the central government delegate to the Balearics, Teresa Palmer, is going to officially apply for British police to be deployed to Magalluf during the summer and that a crack Guardia Civil response until also be stationed in the resort.
Martinez  said tomorrow’s decision is “an important step” towards cleaning up Magalluf and its image.
The new declaration will also involve the overall refurbishment of the resort and that bars, restaurants and clubs will have to submit quality and modernisation plans within  a period of six months.

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