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‘Irresponsible people must not ruin everything’ defends Algarve council head, warning of 2nd lockdown

‘Irresponsible people must not ruin everything’ defends Algarve council head, warning of 2nd lockdown

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Algarve beach season begins tomorrow with ‘safety and quality’- what changes?

Algarve beach season begins tomorrow with ‘safety and quality’- what changes?

Going to the beach is regarded as a moment of relaxation, but as of this Saturday, when...

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Brit tabloid under fire from Portuguese press for ‘distorting epidemiological reality’

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‘Airports ready to resume traffic from the 15th of June’, guarantees Costa

Portuguese airports will be ready to resume air traffic, with some degree of normality, starting on June...

Spanish government announces reopening of border with Portugal (without telling Lisbon)

Spanish government announces reopening of border with Portugal (without telling Lisbon)

Spain was forced into a U-turn yesterday after announcing that its borders with Portugal and France were...

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Madeleine McCann: German prisoner identified as new suspect in disappearance

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Algarve tourism experts predict 30% occupancy over this summer

Algarve tourism experts predict 30% occupancy over this summer

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Loulé Council shoots down Vilamoura lake city mega-project

Loulé Council shoots down Vilamoura lake city mega-project

The Environmental Impact Study of the lake city mega-project in Vilamoura has received an "unfavorable opinion" by...

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5 mistakes that are killing your Google Ads performance

Google Ads is not the easiest platform to use, especially if you are a beginner. There are plenty of settings and options. And though...

Algarve voted best holiday destination this summer by travel experts

Algarve voted best holiday destination this summer by travel experts

A panel of travel experts at Clickstay.com has voted the Algarve as the best destination for British tourists this summer. 52% of the...

Is time running out for tax-free pension transfers?

Is time running out for tax-free pension transfers?

Understandably during this global health emergency, normal life has been paused while priorities have shifted. With all that’s been going on, it is easy...

Art and Photography news from the Algarve - June 2020

Art and Photography news from the Algarve - June 2020

Welcome to our June 2020 Newsletter. Another month has passed and things seem a little brighter here on the Algarve now. CLICK...

Gale's Virtual Westminster View – May 2020

Gale's Virtual Westminster View – May 2020

May. Too many Cummings but no Goings. Thousands wait for package holiday refunds as the travel industry goes into meltdown. The Home Office does...

Studio Bongard are relocating after 22 years!

Studio Bongard are relocating after 22 years!

It is with a little sadness that at the end of June this year Tara and Sylvain Bongard will leave their studio space of...

AlgarvePLUS Magazine - June 2020

AlgarvePLUS Magazine - June 2020

Welcome to the June issue of AlgarvePLUS magazine. The hazy summer days are here, with just a bit more freedom than in previous months....

How an ESA Provides the Comfort and Companionship You Need

How an ESA Provides the Comfort and Companionship You Need

A stressful lifestyle or an innate condition can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, and even suicidal thoughts. Naturally, this can significantly...

Euro surges on EU’s Next Generation plan optimism

Euro surges on EU’s Next Generation plan optimism

Staying on top of the latest currency news can help you time your transfers more effectively, so find out what you should be looking...

Algarve Archaeological Association on hold for the Summer

Algarve Archaeological Association on hold for the Summer

The AAA lecture which was due to be held on Tuesday 2nd June has been cancelled due to the current situation with the Coronavirus....

Ria Formosa island properties 'upgrade, don't knock down'

islanddestructionThe president of Olhão council said today that he will propose an urgent review of the Coastal Zone Management Plan, covering the area between Vilamoura and Vila Real de Santo António, which is being used to justify the eviction of Portuguese citizens from the Ria Formosa islands in order to 'renaturise' the area.

The current plan is the reason behind the planned destruction of 800 Ria Formosa island properties by the management company Polis Litoral Ria Formosa, with no provision having been made for the resettlement of islanders despite this being a pre-condition for the clearances.

Mayor António Pina suggests that the management plan is altered so that the zones selected for ‘renaturisation’ are changed into zones for the renovation and upgrading of properties so that the existing communities on the islands can have a fresh start and a new life.

Pina said today that the proposal will go to a council meeting next week. If the proposal is voted through it will go to the full Municipal Assembly and then, again if it is successful, will be forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment.

The demolition of properties on the Ria Formosa islands started in December 2014, but has been contested by many individuals who have lost, or are shortly to lose, their only homes.

In late January 2015 a meeting of over 300 islanders from Culatra, Hangares and Farol agreed unsurprisingly that they did not wish to be made homeless and that a legal review was needed, and quickly as the demolition crews were still going about their work with gusto.

For the mayor, this problem is one of territorial management and not a case 'managing environmental problems' as proposed by the Ministry, because some houses are being knocked down and others are being left standing depending on the status of the owner.

"How is it that an area such as the Ria Formosa, which requires extremely careful environmental management, has the destruction of property as a priority?” asked Pina, pointing to the urgent need for the dredging of the Ria Formosa channels to help the struggling shellfishing industry and a pressing need to sort out the problems caused by the unrestricted flow of raw sewage into the estuary.

Pina’s statements today should be taken in the context of his running a council that is a stakeholder in the management company Polis, along with Faro and Tavira councils, only recently has he sniffed the wind of public feeling and sprung into action.

The time for Pina's bold statements and concerned observations was six months ago when Polis, aware that its mandate runs out at the end of 2015, started to plan for the demolition of islanders’ properties.

Only when there is press coverage and a fuss on social media and among his constituents do the mayors statements start to flow and have meaning.

The demolitions and alternative housing provision has been so badly handled both tactically and politically that a mayor with an eye for popularity could make a name for himself by taking a genuine stand on behalf of those who he represents.

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Coronavirus Impact on the Algarve Housing Market

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