Marcos Serra: A New Chapter for San Antonio

38 year old Marcos Serra became the new Mayor of San Antonio – Ibiza’s 2nd largest municipality – on Saturday 15 June 2019. Here is his inaugural speech in full where he lays out his clear vision for San Antonio for the next 4 years.

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Ladies and gentlemen, good morning and thank you for participating in this important institutional act.

We have just witnessed the constitution of the new municipal Corporation. A very significant institutional act that awakens different feelings in all of us. The first for me, without doubt, is gratitude, because I feel an infinite gratitude to all the citizens who, with their vote, have placed their trust in us to form a new government in San Antonio for the next 4 years. My first words are for them, and also for all those who legitimately supported others who will represent them in this new Corporation, because as public officials we owe it to our neighbours above all else.

In this legislature our greatest commitment is to respond to this trust with hard work, dedication and enthusiasm to improve our municipality.

I also want to express my gratitude to all the councillors who have previously been part of this Corporation and who with their effort and dedication have worked to improve and defend the interests of San Antonio. I am convinced that this new Corporation will also work with the firm commitment to always seek the best for our municipality.

Also to my fellow party members for their help and trust and, in particular, to the representatives of the municipal popular party – Ignacio Andrés, Norberta Sánchez and Francisco Montilla who were guided with the invaluable experience of Pepe Sala and Lidia Prats – who today leave aside their political journey but with their hard work have left a great mark on both the City Council and the entire municipality.

Also thanks for the support and trust of the councilors of Proposta per Eivissa (PxE) and Ciudadanos (C’s) to form this government that has as it’s main commitment to work for our neighbours and give a new impetus for the improvement to San Antonio.

Above all, my greatest gratitude is to my family, to my parents and brothers, to my partner and to my friends and colleagues who have supported me and made it possible for me to be here with all of you as Mayor of San Antonio. They are the ones who have given me the necessary strength to fight to carry out our project for San Antonio.

Being here today before you gives me a feeling of enormous responsibility. Representing our people and our town gives me huge pride and is a position that I will assume with honour, honesty and rigour. From now I will be the mayor of all, regardless of political party.

The work of these next 4 years will always be done with honesty, responsibility and respect. Honesty in each step and the decisions that we take as representatives of the citizens of San Antonio. Responsibility at every moment of our work which will be carried out with humility and closeness. And respect to achieve, always with dialogue and collaboration, the greatest consensus for the future of our people.

And if we maintain one thing, above all, it is the close relations with our local residents because we will not forget that we are at your service and, therefore, from now on everyone will find their home in the town hall.

In this sense, the first step we will take and which is effective as of this moment is to open the doors of this council so that our neighbours feel heard. The City Council is the institution closest to the citizens and all those who need help will be attended as appropriate, always offering real solutions, as this is our main obligation as a public office.

The three political parties have created a solid government program with projects and challenges that are fundamental for our municipality and that from today will begin to be a reality.

We all agree that we want a change to achieve the improvement of San Antonio. We want it to become a reference tourist destination and a place of coexistence for all residents. For this, we will carry out important investments such as the creation of an auditorium and a sports complex that promote the culture and sport of our municipality, as well as the reconversion of the old town of San Antonio with a remodelling project that includes measures such as change of pavement, lighting and street furniture.

Measures that facilitate the growth of small and medium companies and the diversification of the tourism sector, which is the beginning of the economic reactivation of our town. We will help the small and medium companies and we will promote public investment policies to accompany the one that is already being carried out by the private sector in recent years.

In this legislature there will be investments but also an improvement of day-to-day management. We want a future project for San Antonio that starts by improving services to citizens. We want our neighbours and tourists to walk through a municipality with clean and safe streets and therefore we will do our best to make these services work.

We will promote security with effective measures increasing the police presence, we will prioritise the actions against intrusiveness that guarantee the security in the municipality and we will promote the public-private collaboration in the most conflictive points of the tourist season.

It is fundamental that we have a clean municipality and we will put all our efforts to carry out an exhaustive control that guarantees the fulfillment of the cleaning contract and the improvement of the working conditions of the workers. We also want a more sustainable municipality and we will promote the use of renewable energies with a council tax bonus for properties that install these systems.

The urban planning department deserves special mention. For us it is essential that it has a good performance and one of our first actions will be to implement an immediate plan to unblock this area and expedite the licensing procedures.

Our municipality has its wealth in its parishes and we want them to be present in the actions of the City Council. Therefore, we will help with the reorganisation and beautification of the rural areas, promoting the approval of the Special Plans of Protection of Sant Mateu, Santa Agnes and Sant Rafel, reducing the traffic at the centre of these towns and expanding the parking areas and public spaces.

We will work with insistence on the issues that affect our neighbours, although some are not the direct responsibility of the City Council, it’s our obligation to find solutions and respond to all problems and for this reason we will be fight for the rights of San Antonio before the other state administrations.

We will demand a reform of the Insular Territorial Plan and the Agrarian Law (PTI) agreed with the rural sector because it is a clear concern among our citizens. In addition, we will pursue fundamental projects such as the roundabouts of the Ses Païsses avenue, a better provision of public transport or road improvements and lighting in the different parishes of the municipality.

We are facing a new stage and I face it with a feeling of immense happiness because there is no greater honour than being at the service of your people. I congratulate all the councilors of all the political parties that make up this Corporation that from today will represent all ‘portmanyins’ throughout this term.

San Antonio is the town where I was born and raised. I have grown up on its streets and the roots that I have implanted are so deep that they are rooted in my heart. And from my heart I will work for all the people with the conviction that we will be able to carry out an exciting project so that each and every one of us can feel proud to say out loud that we are from San Antonio.

I wish you all luck and success. Thank you for your confidence, from this moment I am at your service.

Marcos Serra Colomar, 15 June 2019

New Centre Right Coalition Council for San Antonio

Joan Torres (PXE) & Marcos Serra (PP)

The PxE Party voted last night to form a coalition council with the PP & Ciudadanos in San Antonio.

The town had been in limbo for a couple of weeks since the election result gave up no clear winner meaning that a coalition had to be negotiated between the 5 parties who won seats on the 21 seat council.

Finally, in the early hours of this morning news broke that the PxE members had voted in favour of joining forces with the PP and Ciudadanos to form a centre right coalition meaning that Marcos Serra will become the new Mayor of San Antonio in Saturdays inauguration.

PSOE will now go back to the opposition benches after 4 controversial years running Ibiza’s 2nd largest town.

Source: Periodico de Ibiza

80’s Nostalgia Hits San An

If you’re of a certain vintage like me then you’re about to get a massive nostalgia rush in the form of Boom Boom Live at Es Paradis which opens tonight and then every Thursday until 12 September.

We all know that the 80’s was the very best decade with big hair, questionable fashions, plastic jewelry and black eye-liner and that was just the boys but it also had some amazing artists performing iconic songs that were the soundtrack for a generation.

The artists confirmed for this night will take you right back to snogging your school sweetheart at the local disco in front of all your friends and feeling like the cat that got the cream.

You can’t criticize Alexander O’Neal and Leee John will leave nothing to the imagination. Let’s see if Snap still have the power to please and if Pat Sharp still has that famous mullet. The Sugar Hill Gang are sure to be a delight and Baby D is everyone’s fantasy. You’ll definitely want to stay another day with East 17 and turn around to Aswad. Make sure you don’t close your eyes for Go West and be sure to show some love for Robin S. Jazzie B from Soul to Soul will be coming back to life and Alison Limerick is still looking for where the love lies (we all know that’s in San Antonio btw). It’s true that Tony Hadley is pure gold and Curiosity Killed the Cat will try to bring you back down to earth after this amazing trip down memory lane.

As you can see the decade of cheese is well and truly back and just like the 80’s it’s all about throwing off your inhibitions and having some good old fashioned fun something today’s VIP wannabes are sadly lacking.

More info at http://www.boomboomibiza.com

13 June – 12 September

Doors Open from 9pm

Decision time for San Antonio Politicians

They say that a week is a long time in politics so the last 10 days might have seemed like a lifetime for some after the 26 May local elections proved inconclusive for San Antonio.

As predicted there was no clear majority so now it’s all about negotiations between the 5 parties that won seats and, as sometimes happens with proportional representation, those with the fewest votes have the strongest hand.

A low 49% turnout saw the Partido Popular (PP) defy the critics coming first with just over 3000 votes and gaining 9 seats. The Socialist Party (PSOE) came in second winning 8 seats with 2853 votes while Podemos came in 3rd with 870 votes and 2 seats. The PXE Party (Proposal for Ibiza) gained 458 votes and 1 seat and finally Ciudadanos’ (C’s) returned 436 votes winning 1 seat.

11 seats are needed to form a majority in the 21 seat council so some simple maths is all that’s required to work out that 3 parties will need to team up together to form a coalition government……and this is where it gets interesting.

The centre right C’s have clearly stated on a national level that they won’t work with the left wing Podemos under any circumstances so PSOE’s only hope is that the moderate PXE party join with them and Podemos……,, however PXE had a very public fallout with PSOE just before the election after one of their team switched sides, something which isn’t taken lightly in Spanish politics.

This spat is still rumbling on and PXE refuse to negotiate with PSOE until they remove their former member from any prospective government team, something they have so far refused to do.

One way forward is for PP, PXE and C’s to form an 11 seat majority government but there’s no love lost between PP and PXE from previous administrations so this isn’t as straightforward as it appears especially after the centre right PXE decided to go with the left wing coalition in 2015 specifically to oust the PP.

We now have to wait and see if Marcos Serra (PP) and Joan Torres (PXE) can put the past behind them and look to the future while Simon Planells (PSOE) waits in the wings preparing his own olive branch.

The inauguration of the new council is on 15 June so all parties have little over a week to agree on a way forward for a 3 way deal to form a majority government for San Antonio.

Ibiza 2019 Local Elections: Overview

Election night in Ibiza was as dramatic and nail biting as ever. Now that the dust has settled here’s an overview of what happened on the night and what might happen in the coming days and weeks.

SAN ANTONIORESULT: A low 49.3% turnout saw the Popular Party (PP) gain most votes with 3072, slightly up on 4 years ago. The Socialist Party (PSOE) including the previously strong Reinicia polled only 2853 votes and the left wing Podemos came in with 870. Ciudadanos’ (C’s) first time out saw them return 436 votes while PXE (Ibiza Proposal Party) saw their vote more than halved to 458 votes after recent turmoil within the party.

Seats: PP 9 – PSOE 8 – Podemos 2 – PXE 1 – C’s – 1

What Next: With no majority in the 21 seat chamber it’s up to the parties to negotiate with each other to form a coalition.

Likely Scenario: Nothing is guaranteed but a centre right coalition led by PP’s Marcos Serra is the probable outcome. C’s are a natural ally to PP plus PXE ripped up their previous pact with PSOE due to councillor Cristina Ribas switching sides just before the election. PXE with their 458 votes are the kingmakers here so all eyes will be on their leader Joan Torres over the next few days.

IBIZA TOWN*RESULT: Rafa Ruiz’ days as mayor look numbered after his PSOE party fell short with 4046 votes compared to PP’s 4513. The smaller parties did well in the Capital with Podemos, C’s and PXE all returning votes of over a thousand while the right wing VOX gained 883 votes and the left wing ARA party scored 773.

Seats: PP 7 – PSOE 6 – Podemos 2 – PXE 2 – C’s – 2 – VOX 1 – ARA 1

What Next: With no clear majority in the 21 seat chamber the parties will now negotiate with each other to form a coalition.

Likely Scenario: PP’s charismatic Jose Vicente Mari Bosó looks set to become the new Mayor by wooing C’s and PXE to form a tri-party coalition. Expect fireworks as JVMB promises to shake things up dramatically.

SANT JOSEPRESULT: The most fragmented Town Hall with 7 different parties winning places on the 21 seat council. PSOE claimed victory here with 2859 votes while the 2nd placed PP polled 2002 votes. Meanwhile Podemos performed well with over a 1000 votes with ARA, PXE and VOX all returning over 400 votes each respectively

Seats: PSOE 8 – PP 5 – Podemos 3 – C’s 2 – PXE 1 – VOX 1 – ARA 1

What Next: Incumbent mayor Pep Agustinet is safe as he will team up with Podemos to take control of the council for the next 4 years but he has lots to think about with noise control and beach concessions consistently in the press.

Likely Scenario: The PSOE/Podemos love-in to continue for another 4 years.

SANTA EULALIARESULT: The east cost resort town showed its true blue colours yet again by voting the PP back with 5835 votes – over 50%. PSOE were left floundering on 2631 votes while Podemos came in 3rd with 1212 votes.

Seats: PP 13 – PSOE 6 – Podemos 2

What Next: New mayor, the experienced Carmen Ferrer has a clear mandate to carry on the good work of Vicent Mari who has made his town the envy of the island balancing residents needs with tourists hard currency.

Likely Scenario: Expect more legislation to keep the town clean and the tourists happy.

SANT JOAN DE LABRITJA

RESULT: The PP bandwagon rolls on in Sant Joan with a landslide 66% (1405) of the votes while PSOE and Podemos were left to pick up the scraps with 346 and 247 votes respectively.

Seats: PP 10 – PSOE 2 – Podemos 1

What Next: Mayor Antoni Mari ‘Carraca’ carries on unabated for the next 4 years watching over the north of the island with an iron fist wrapped in a silk glove.

Likely Scenario: 4 more years of peace and relaxation for the north of the island.

ISLAND COUNCILRESULT: It was here that came the big shock of the night with PP taking back control. The incumbent left wing coalition were left licking their wounds after coming up short mainly due to Podemos losing over 3000 votes compared to 2015. PP returned 17831 votes whilst PSOE stood still on 12906. Podemos dropped off to 5430 votes whilst Ciudadanos showed their mettle by polling an impressive 3120 votes meaning it’s likely they will have a seat on the government table.

Seats: PP 6 – PSOE 4 – Podemos 2 – Ciudadanos 1

What Next: Ciudadanos have already stated that they won’t go into government with Podemos under any circumstances so a centre right council is inevitable.

Likely Scenario: Ex- Santa Eulalia mayor Vicent Mari proved too strong for the rest and will start negotiations with C’s to form a centre right coalition island council for next 4 years. Big things will be expected after his success in Santa Eulalia with land reforms, traffic and sustainability high on the agenda.

Summary

PSOE will be bitterly disappointed after such a strong showing in the general elections less than a month ago. PP will be elated that they look likely to control 4 town halls plus the island council. The big losers are Podemos who lose a foothold in 2 councils and the island council but Ciudadanos will be delighted that even though their numbers weren’t great they now have traction in San Antonio, Ibiza Town and the Island Council. For all the bluster the VOX bandwagon never took off however they may have a part to play in Ibiza Town. PXE numbers were poor compared to 4 years ago but as often is the case in proportional representation they will be the power brokers in San Antonio and Ibiza Town. What this election has showed yet again is that with a low 50% turnout only a few dozen votes were the difference between winners and losers.

*NOTE: as of 29 May there has been an allegation that some votes may have been attributed to the wrong party in Ibiza Town so this result may change subject to legal proceedings.

Ibiza Elections: 10 Reasons Why You Should Vote

This Sunday, 26 May, important elections will be held in Ibiza. If you are non-Spanish, a resident of the island and have registered to vote then you have 2 votes to cast.

Firstly you can vote for your local council and secondly you can vote in the European elections (although this is a sore point for us British at the moment).

Unfortunately (and quite bafflingly) you cannot vote for the Ibiza Island Council nor the Balearic Government even though they make decisions on your behalf on a daily basis.

Here’s 10 reason why you should make the effort and vote on Sunday.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Ibiza is a small island so political decisions affect everyone, your vote changes things.

GET INVOLVED – too many people turn a blind eye to politics even though they are affected by it every day. If you vote, you care.

DON’T VOTE, DON’T COMPLAIN – in this social media age it’s easy to become a keyboard warrior ranting away so this is your chance to actually do something about it. If you can vote but choose not to then you lose your right to complain.

HOLD POLITICIANS TO ACCOUNT – talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Collectively, we all need to make politicians accountable for their promises.

IT’S OUR ISLAND TOO – some may say otherwise but Ibiza belongs to no one so everybody has the right to have their say and the only real way to do this is at the ballot box.

COALITIONS – in the fractured world that we live in, separate political parties teaming up to govern is becoming more and more prevalent and Ibiza is no different. This means that your vote counts more than ever because just a few votes could make a massive difference when it comes to power sharing.

IT’S FUN – voting day is always dramatic with all parties nervously pacing the polling stations trying for that last push. Make sure you’re part of the process.

EXERCISE YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT – as a foreigner living on the island, it’s all we have, don’t underestimate the power of your vote and don’t waste the opportunity.

FEEL-GOOD FACTOR – once you have cast your vote you can go back to your everyday business knowing that you have made a difference.

4 YEARS – if you don’t vote you will have to wait another 4 long years until you can vote again. As we have seen, a lot of things can happen in 4 years!

Good luck to all political parties this coming Sunday. It’s now time for the people of Ibiza to decide.

J-Lo to Star at Amnesia Private Party

Playtika, a Chinese start up company dedicated to the development of mobile games and platforms such as social networks is having a BIG party on the White Isle this Friday.

This is no ordinary private party though as it’s 2500 employees will be entertained by Jennifer Lopez at the world famous Amnesia Ibiza nightclub with rumours that Madonna will be amongst the guests. Unconfirmed reports are also circling that Enrique Iglesias may also take the stage at some point in the evenings festivities.

It’s seems that no expense is being spared as the lucky employees will be arriving on private aeroplanes and staying in 15 local hotels according to sources close to the event.

As the club prepares for the party all people working on the venue have been forbidden to carry mobile phones or any device that can record or take photographs, in addition lawyers have traveled to the island to have all employees sign a confidentiality agreement whereby they agree not to disclose any details of the event.

Playtika is a multinational of Israeli origin but was acquired by a Chinese consortium in 2016 for $4.4 Billion. In 2017 it became one of the main sponsors of Sevilla Football Club.

Source:Diario de Ibiza