Top officials have scrambled to calm the fears of expatriates, business owners and residents, that the unruly days of Palma’s past could return following the Balearic High Court’s dramatic annulment of a key anti-social behaviour law.
The capital city has made huge strides in recent years in protecting the business of bars and restaurants by promoting a safe and vibrant cultural space free of wild revellers and destruction.
All of that progress appeared to be under serious threat when the court abolished a civil code that had been central to the philosophy of the city’s previous administration.
The National government delegate to the Balearics, Teresa Palmer, met with the Palma Mayor, Jose Hila, to ease the fears of local citizens and businesses.
The pair stressed that the police have all the powers necessary at their disposal to clamp down on any anti-social behaviour and that the current regulatory apparatus means there is no legal vacuum.
At a key meeting of the Playa de Palma monitoring committee, an essential body of concerned residents and esteemed businesses, they pledged to reintroduce the specific by-law forbidding public consumption of alcohol.