THE Virgen de Loreto fiestas in Javea’s port area traditionally feature bull-running and fireworks.
The bou embolat version was vetoed in Javea earlier this year but the harbourside bous a la mar are safe for the foreseeable future. But to the disappointment of the Loreto fiestas organisers and the town hall, the fireworks display on the last night of the fiestas has once again been banished from the harbour breakwater.
Regional laws veto fireworks within 500 metres of any area officially classed as a woodland zone.
Javea port is just a few metres too near the slopes of Cabo de San Antonio, the Generalitat declared in 2014. Rules are rules and despite the changeover to a PSOE-Compromis regional government last year, these cannot be waived.
The town hall and fiestas organisers are consequently looking for an alternative that satisfies safety regulations while retaining a marine setting for the fireworks.
Last year they were successfully installed on a platform off the La Grava beach and Fiestas councillor Antonio Miragall said it was hoped that this could be perfected still further this year. Two more platforms have been added to provide a 42-square metre base for the fireworks.
The local fishing guild, the firm putting on the display and the Local Police are trying out the system to assess the platform’s stability and buoyancy and also detect whether it needs strengthening.
Once tested and given the thumbs-up, the platform will be installed on September 6, two days before the display that traditionally rounds off the Loreto fiestas.