Madeira Regency Palace
This story seems to be without any fresh developments of late, having generated a huge amount of interest over the last week with some days on the blog seeing over 2000 visitors, nearly double the daily average. The Facebook page that was created on the back of events, which featured a couple of posts ago, seems to have gathered momentum and now become a closed group to focus on timeshare members only. Good luck to them – we will no doubt hear a lot more as the whole story unfolds. Sad to see both entrances to the hotel sealed by ”incident tape” last week – but rather appropriate that it appears to be being treated as crime scene.
Comments on the closure of the Madeira Regency Palace are still being posted here as well as the previous blog post: http://madeiraislanddirect.com/blog/2015/04/regency-palace-hotel-to-close/#comment-211171
Fire danger and forest regeneration
The Diario reports today on the content of a recent report on the forested mountainous areas of the island that are under constant threat of fire – and constant surveillance for the same reason, as authorities attempt to prevent any acts of deliberate arson or just plain negligence. At the same time, of the areas affected by the fires between 2007 and 2012, only 422 hectares has been reforested, representing just 4% of the total destroyed. The main species on the island are Eucalyptus (44%) – nearly half of the natural forest, together with Maritime Pine (25%) and Acacias (14%). Photo from the blog of 19th July 2012.
Big Game Fishing!
A marlin weighing 296 kg (652 lbs.) has been caught two miles from the coast of Fajã da Ovelha by a team competing in the Blue Marlin World Cup (they won, needless to say). The boat was captained and manned by Madeirans but chartered from Calheta marina by an American, Anthony Johnson. The Blue Marlin World Cup claims to be the only worldwide blue marlin fishing tournament and is held each year on July 4th – teams are allowed to fish anywhere in the world for 8 hours in their time zones. The entry fee is $3000 per boat, and there is only one prize, taking 80% of the entry money – reckoned to be around $730,000 this year.
Came across this last month on the Mail online website, filmed during the windy period at the start of June when a lot of flights were affected.