News from San Antonio
Walk of Fame
The Town Hall last week announced it was to create a Walk of Fame in ses Variades, similar to that in Hollywood, to honour the celebrities which have made the municipality famous across the globe. The Councillor for Tourism, Vicent Ribas, revealed that a special committee would be set up to choose the artists, with some of the names mooted so far to inaugurate the “walk” including Pete Tong, José Padilla, Elton John or Pino Sagliocco.
  During the press conference Ribas also elaborated on what is to be known as “Ibiza October Festival”, a four day event to be held from 9th October. The festival will be inspired by a flower power flavour and include concerts, culture and gastronomy “in an authentic hippy atmosphere”.
  Ribas said that as well as the sunset & sea theme, the municipality would focus on its new slogan at the Berlin Travel Fair, which took place last week. “The best things in life are free. Sant Antoni open 365 days a year” will allow users to download on to a telephone or tablet videos and information of San Antonio.
  Meanwhile the Govern confirmed that the Balearic stand at the Fair would measure a total of 380 m2 and cost 223,000 euros, 7.3 percent more than last year.


Regulation Changes
  The Town Hall last week agreed changes to town planning legislation which will allow commercial premises of up to 1,500 m2 to be built within the municipality. The current restriction is 400 m2, which has stopped larger supermarkets from setting up in the area. However with the impending arrival of a Mercadona store on the outskirts of the town centre legislation needed to be changed, and the Town Hall has quickly complied, much to the dismay of small shopkeepers in the area. They claim it is going to be even more difficult to survive with the arrival of such superstores, with the president of Pimeef, the association for small and medium sized businesses, Joan Tur Ripoll, voicing his concerns over the new legislation.
  The Councillor for Town Planning, José Torres, tried to justify the measures saying that it was not a new alteration but something they had been working on for some time. He continued that the legislation change would not mean more premises being built because it only affected already buildable areas (urbano), however he did concede that the size of premises would increase.
  The change will now have to be ratified by the Consell.


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