Rosa acquitted on one charge, mayor resigns

In the on-going case relating to Bodega Stratvs, Juan Francisco Rosa was acquitted this week of one specific charge – that of “influence peddling,” or using “undue pressure” in urging officials to grant a licence to allow the bodega to open. In the same judgement, the Mayor of Yaiza, Gladys Acuña, had a fine of €10,800 and a sentence barring her from public office for a period of 14 years. The court concluded that she issued an opening licence, knowing the property had been illegally built. Acuña resigned as mayor the day after the conviction was announced. There are many more elements to the case still to be tried.

Teguise wind farm due to be operational in April

Work to set up the Teguise wind farm is making good progress, with the four 85 metre turbines in place. They are expected to be operational in April, producing 9.2 mega watts – enough to power Haria and Tinajo.

St Patrick’s day celebration announce

Collecting an award as “Best winter sun destination” at the Irish travel awards in Dublin, Tias’ tourism councillor Amado Jesus Vizcaino, announced that there would be a celebration and parade for St Patrick’s day in the resort of Puerto del Carmen this year. We have no further details at this time, but we will publish them as soon as we do.

Hail and floods

Lanzarote has suffered from bad weather this week, starting with very high winds, then heavy rain, which caused flooding in Arrecife, and hailstorms in the centre of the island. A yellow alert remains in place until the middle of the week, when the weather is expected to improve.

Roberto Verino pays tribute to Cesar Manrique

Fashion designer Roberto Verino revealed his latest collection at Madrid fashion week this week. The collection is a homage to Manrique, and features several of his designs embroidered onto the clothing, which is all in a chromatic palette reflecting the white of the houses here, the green of the cactus, the blue of the sky and the black of the volcanoes.

Sea wall in Los Cocteros brought down by storm

The storms over the weekend wreaked havoc with the sea wall, which protects the natural swimming pool at Los Cocoteros. The wall was breached and now requires major repair work to prevent danger to bathers. Teguise’s opposition party criticised Mayor Oswaldo Betancort for not acting when minor damage to the wall was brought to the councils attention several months ago.