Electric Car Spaces
A group of drivers of electric cars have complained that spaces reserved for them across the island are regularly filled by combustion engined cars, and they have asked that the police tow away cars illegally parked.
Daily Mirror Under Fire
Local newspapers on the island have complained about the inaccurate reports that appeared in the Daily Mirror with the headline “Tourists banned from beach as hundreds of deadly jellyfish wash up in Lanzarote.” The local papers are angry at the use of the word “deadly” when the jellyfish were common aguavivas, and the suggestion that the whole of Lanzarote was affected, when it was just one beach.
Binter Offers A “Through” service to La Graciosa
As La Graciosa is now officially the 8th Canary Island, Binter Canarias has announced a new service to ensure it can continue to claim that it covers all the islands. The through tickets will include the cost of a special bus service to Orzola, and the ferry crossing to La Graciosa.
Fred Olsen Celebrates 30 Years Of Ferry Service
Fred Olsen began their ferry service between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura on 24th July 1989 – 30 years ago this week. Since then, they have moved 13 million passengers and 3 millions cars between the islands. Their first ship, pictured above, was the Betancuria with a capacity for 400 passengers and she was soon replaced by Buganvilla, which carried double the amount. 2003 saw the arrival of the high speed Bocayna express which runs seven times a day.
Disney Blockbuster To Be Filmed On The Islands
Disney producer Kevin da la Noy met with Canarian President Ángel Victor Torres this week to ask for cooperation from the authorities here to film a new Disney blockbuster, using the islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The film is a Marvel production called The Eternals and will star Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Rob Stark. It’s expected to be the highest budget movie made in Europe this year.
Cavalry Unit Move Suspended
A Cavalry unit of 250 men and women were due to be located at the Army Barracks in Arrecife later this year, but the defence department has suspended the move as the troops are needed elsewhere.
Controversial Signs Being Removed
The “Geoparque” signage, which appeared at road sides all over the island over the last year are being removed. The signs caused some controversy as they were ugly and not in keeping with the status it was advertising.
Arrieta Pier Being Repaired (Finally!)
The repair work on Arrieta Pier, which was damaged three years ago, has finally been given the green light. Work will start in September and will take five months to complete. The €400,000 project will completely refurbish the pier and seating and shaded areas will be installed.
Wine Harvest Starts
Lanzarote’w wine harvest is Europe’s earliest and it kicked off this week on Wednesday. Predictions are that it will be around half the size of last years, due to the extremely low rainfall over the last 10 months, but the quality is predicted to be high.
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