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Pressure group fed-up with Ibiza party boats 

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Party boats are once again coming under fire in Ibiza, with one pressure group asking for them to be banned.

The residents’ pressure group Prou! says it is fed up with the behaviour of tipsy tourists in lively San Antonio and also wants the local council to say no to any more bars or clubs.

The say the resort is the main base on the island for party boats but want them banned as in Formentera.

“They represent the extension of tourism of drunkenness to the sea,” according to Prou! in a statement.

The group is fighting any elements of “mass tourism” which adversely affect Ibiza which, it believes, has become too swamped with holiday-makers and the infrastructure is unable to cope. They say only “sustainable tourism” is accep-table.

Party boats are already prohibited in protected nature areas of Ibiza and owners are heavily fined if they are found straying into them.

The new law, introduced last summer, means they are totally banned from Formentera because because 100 per cent of its coast is protected. However, the restriction only affects 30 per cent of the Ibiza coastline (50 per cent for Mallorca, 60 per cent in the case of Menorca).

Prou! met with the Mayor of San Antonio and several other members of the local council to press for a total ban on party boats in the resort.

The campaigners want the council to approach the port authority for the Balearics to formally prohibit party boats for mooring in San Antonio.

Councillor for the environment, Pablo Valdés told Diario de Ibiza that most of the party boats were actually quite well-behaved but if regulations weren’t working, then a total ban might be the only option.