A REBELLION against plans to build beach bars on the famous Son Serra de Marina sand gained traction this week, as roughly 1,700 people signed a petition against the idea put forward by Santa Margalida Town Hall. Vibrant protests have already seen more than 5,000 people form a defiant human chain on the beach, and now an ecologist group and residents’ association are formalising their objections.
Arguing that the blueprints would badly impact the Xarca Natura 2000 protected area, the GOB ecologist group and Son Serra residents’ association claimed that the Na Borges community area would greatly suffer. The groups have urged caution in the establishment of any new installations in the area, in lieu of firm ecological guidelines.
In related news the GOB reported an illegal dumping at the site to the Coastal Authority, in the hopes that they can clarify what happened and who is responsible. Stones, sand and earth were dumped at a key plot on land at Calle Joan Frontera Riera, in flagrant violation of the law according to the group. Whether the incident is connected to the ongoing protests is unclear at this time.