New President For Lanzarote

Following the elections this weekend, it looks like Lanzarote has a new President of The Cabildo, with Loli (Maria Dolores) Corujo taking over the presidency from Pedro San Ginés. The PSOE won 9 seats to Coalicion Canarias’ 8, meaning San Ginés loses the role that has been his for 10 years.

There was some controversy after seats were awarded to parties that hadn’t achieved the minimum threshold of 5% of the vote, which meant that the results were changed a few days after the election. There’s still some negotiation going on, and there remains a possibility that San Ginés CC party will reach an agreement with the Partido Popular to retain their majority.

The PSOE is a left of centre party. They had a very good election throughout The Canaries.

It currently looks like Pancho Hernandez will retain the mayorship of Tias, although there are some “deals to be done” still in Tias.  Oswaldo Betancort retains the mayorship of Teguise with a comfortable majority, and Óscar Noda will continue as Mayor of Yaiza.

Tough Day At Ironman

Lanzarote’s 28th Ironman triathlon lived up to its billing as the world’s toughest, with strong winds for the bike split, and then searing temperatures for the run during the afternoon. Former world champion Frederic Van Lierde won the men’s race in 8 hours and 51 minutes, with Briton Niki Bartlett winning the women’s race in 9:59:10.

Construction Booming In Lanzarote

2018 was an excellent year for the construction industry on the island, with 271 projects, with a value of €78.5 million started.

Electric Scooters Being Removed From Puerto del Carmen

Tias police this week removed electric scooters from the streets of Puerto del Carmen, having been empowered to do so by the town hall. The scooters have been moved into storage, pending a review of their use.

Parade Of Shops Closed In Puerto del Carmen For Emergency Repairs

The Arena Dorada parade of shops in the avenida was closed down this week, with fears of collapse due to damage to supporting pillars. Work is being carried out to strengthen the pillars and it is hoped that the seven shops, including a branch of La Caixa bank, will be able to reopen soon.

Fish Thieves Arrested

This week’s Darwin award goes to the three enterprising chaps who attempted to steal 4,600 KG of fish from the fish farm at Playa Quemada in the early hours of the 27th. They put so much weight into their small boat, it overturned. They were rescued, and arrested at the same time, by the crew of a Guardia Civil cutter


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