A meeting of the Calvia local security board yesterday addressed police and Guardia Civil coordination for three specific events. These are the Smart Island Congress on 23 and 24 April, the Mallorca Football Tournament (3 to 7 May) and the Mallorca Live Festival on 11 and 12 May. In addition, the board considered control during the World Cup; at a minimum for three days when England are currently scheduled to be playing - 18, 24 and 28 June.
A further matter under discussion was party boats (or booze cruises). The town hall's objective is to eradicate them, in particular because of complaints from residents against this type of "booze tourism". The Guardia Civil's marine service will be made available for checking on safety measures, licences, capacities and drug-taking. There is to be a further meeting between the Guardia and the town hall to firm up coordinated efforts.
Calvia police has brought forward the reinforcement of beach patrols to this coming Monday, while from 1 May there will be an increase in nighttime patrols, especially in and around Punta Ballena and other potential trouble spots.
Mayor Alfonso Rodríguez said that there will be joint efforts to deal with certain issues during the tourism season. The season is, "fortunately", starting earlier and with higher numbers of visitors. "But we must respond from the point of view of security, as this is a key element which differentiates us as a tourist destination."
As has been previously reported, the town hall has increased fines for anti-social behaviour and the police have been engaged in campaigns to inform businesses about security and the sale of alcohol. The tougher fines regime has been publicised in UK newspapers such as The Sun.
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