At the beginning of this year a number of sources were confidently reporting that the major works along the seafront in the centre of Funchal would be completed “in time for summer” –and this blog reported optimistically on a sudden surge of activity a couple of months ago. Now the summer has arrived the reality appears quite different with a lot of work clearly still to be done on both flood outlets at either end of the seafront and the new liner terminal (the poster on the old pier reproduced above illustrates what the finished product should look like, whilst the reality, as of a couple of days ago, is below:
Work has, however, started on the new dock pictured at the top of the representation above, with the first concrete sections being assembled just off the end of the old pier:
As previously mentioned here there are lots of (much better!) photos of the work on the Funchal seafront at http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=115455979
Sand extraction dispute
The Diario reports on a dispute in Porto Novo, where what are described as three “entrepreneurs” are refusing to pay APRAM (the Harbours Administration Authority) €600,000 for the extraction and sale of sand. The matter is to go to the Supreme Administrative Court but the judges are already being accused (again) of favouring the interests of business.
Eagles to counter seagulls
The Diario also reports that the ‘curse’ of seagulls around the maritime station in the port of Funchal, Madeira, is to be ‘countered’ by two eagles contracted by APRAM. They have already attempted other deterrents, including sound devices, without success. The gulls were attracted to the location due to the amount of rubbish, but after all the work that was done on the structure of Meia Serra (building a Station Solid Waste Treatment) were expected to leave. Although the eagles are chasing away seagulls, a spokesman acknowledged that the problem is not actually resolved at all, since the seagulls simply migrate to other locations including the hotel zone and the sea front in the bay of Funchal. The long term solution includes a monitoring committee, created with the Natural Park of Madeira, with the goal of working on nesting and “birth control”.
Tiago Cardoso, owner of the company that undertakes the falconry in the port of Funchal, explained that the use of eagles in pest control does not mean the death of any of the weaker species, instead the seagulls realise that there is a predator and move away from that area. The eagles used in the port were born in captivity and are from Central America. They ‘work’ in two periods – from sunrise to afternoon – and again at night, as many of the gulls arrive with fishing boats returning after dark and early morning.
STS Sedov departs
The “tall ship” reported in the previous blog leaving the island this morning: