Another season, another Magalluf crackdown ... | Archive

Calvia town hall yesterday announced plans to operate a door-to-door information and awareness scheme explaining to bar, club owners and hoteliers what the new rules and regulations are going to be this season.

The main message is that this year there is going to be "zero tolerance" and the local police will be penalising establishments which offer happy hours and special drink offers such as two or three for the price of one.

Recently, the town hall had a meeting with senior British consular staff to discuss what plans are on the table for this year. While Calvia is stepping up its action, it also asked the British government to take steps in the UK to encourage people to behave while on holiday this year and to respect the local bylaws. Social media and direct information campaigns were called for.

The new operation began yesterday with the councillor for citizen security, Andreu Serra and the councillor for commerce, Paquita Muñoz, accompanying a team of police on the first round of establishments, informing owners of the new regulations.

The key areas are going to be Magalluf, Palmanova and the area of Ramon de Montcada in Santa Ponsa.

The town hall intends using all its available legal powers this year to stamp out alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour, and all of the establishments will be given leaflets clearly outlining what the rules and regulations are and what penalties they will face should they ignore the new regime this summer.

Last season saw the introduction of a ban on the consumption of alcohol and nudism in public places. This year there is to be an even tougher stance as part of the drive to clean up the black-spot resorts and create a more family atmosphere.