A virtual image of how the new beach front could look.

27-04-2012

The road along Palma’s Paseo Marítimo may lose two of its lanes - one from either side. Deputy mayor Antoni Noguera, who has as one of his responsibilities the “model of the city”, says that the reason for doing this would be to enable a widening of the Can Pere Antoni beach and the recovery of dunes and a widening also of the promenade.

The implementation of this will be subject to the future master plan for Puerto Palma and possibly redirection of traffic, but Noguera points out that the proposals are based on studies and refers also to the experience of senior officials in the urban planning department with waterfront improvement schemes.

Noguera and these officials have met with the president of the Balearic Ports Authority, Joan Gual, and addressed the need to reorganise the waterfront through the reduction of the lanes and the widening of bike lanes.

Both sides have agreed to start working on the project and to develop procedures to enable ownership of the Paseo Marítimo to pass from the authority to the town hall. It is a long administrative process, says Noguera, “but in the short to medium term we will be able to roll out projects that will help to shape the future of the waterfront”.

Another scheme involves the ceding of ownership of S’Aigo Dolça. The town hall plans to connect this neighbourhood to the sea and to provide it with a sports area. A further area of discussion was the issue of the expansion of the yacht club in El Molinar.

Both the town hall and the authority consider projects presented so far to be disproportionate. Noguera reiterated the need for there to be redevelopment which remains within the current parameters and expressed his confidence in any scheme for expansion being rejected by government.

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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

If it's anything like many previous schemes it will fall apart while various politicians pocket the money. This whole Tourist Tax saga is an insult and is bound to end in.tears. Tourism accounts for most wealth in Mallorca and needs to be respected not pirated like some sort of free booty. Lots of people earn good money from their jobs supposedly promoting tourism and they need to start earning that money. So many excellent events remain unpromoted to a wider audience. Wake up.and get on with it and ditch all ideas for this stupid tax which gives the message "We don't want you".

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 5 years

I pay enough in taxes in my own country,I am not a walking cash machine,if you want to alter your infrastructure,do it from taxes paid in Majorca and Spain,not by milking tourists.

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