Ibiza gets tough on party boats in protected areas
Ibiza has now declared war on certain party boats and rowdy fiestas and is warning of fines which could reach as high as 100,000 euros.
The island’s council says it is determined to crackdown on noise and nuisance, particularly in picturesque areas which are “protected land”.
This applies especially to the Natural Park of Ses Salines, a huge swathe of land and sea which lies between southern Ibiza and northern Formentera.
The area has been classified as a World Heritage by the UNESCO and includes unspoilt sand dunes and pinewoods but also a huge range of protected plants and birds.
Ibiza council says it isn’t prepared to allow party boats and illegal raves to spoil the natural environment and is already clamping down following a string of reports by local residents.
In one incident, police were called in at 1.20am in the morning following numerous complaints but the music had stopped by the time they arrived so no action could be taken.
So far, prosecutions have started against the organisers of two party boats and two fiestas held in the Natural Park.
Councillor for the environment, Vicenç Vidal said the clampdown had already “substantially reduced” the number of illegal events in this protected area and new legislation banned parties, concerts and shows of any kind on the Salines beaches or land.
Depending on the severity of the infringement, fines can vary between 100 euros and 100,000 euros.
All other party boats on Ibiza are being warned to follow the rules and make sure they have the right licences and permissions in place.
Tourist on one trip were stunned when police carried out a raid because the boat had docked in the wrong place, right next to a petrol station at the port.