FORMENTERA (January 16, 2022) – Interest was general, with questions also submitted by important operators and businessmen from Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. And everything takes place under the sign of transparency and absolute regularity, as befits a public competition of extreme interest. In the past few hours, the Council of Formentera drafted, in fact, the document with all the names of those – and there were many – who participated in the call for tenders for the transfer to individuals of the management of eight historic chiringuitos, sailing and rental schools (the rental includes catamarans, surf, windsurf, SUP and canoes) as well as deckchairs and parasols on the beach.
The document contains all the names (proper name or company) of the person who presented his candidacy, those who have been admitted to the final stage for each batch and which was excluded.
A first skimming, in short, has been done and now the tender jury he will continue his work, examining all projects in detail. We are therefore traveling, rushed to close the procedural process as soon as possible, so that everything is ready for the start of the new tourist season.
Obviously, the greatest interest (not only for insiders, but also for all lovers of Formentera) concerns the chiringuitos: will the managers of the last years be at the head of the kiosks again or will there be a change ? Many are asking themselves the question and looking at the names in the race, the first impression is that in addition to the outgoing managers, many are those who have the required qualities and therefore have their chances of winning. Everything will now depend on the project they have presented and, on the other hand, on their economic proposal, which is still reserved for the moment.
Well, it must first be said that the applications have increased considerably compared to the past, especially with regard to chiringuitos. And this not only because Formentera still retains its incomparable ” Tourist attractionbut also why starting this year, the kiosks will be able to offer the catering service. In short, it will be possible to cook freshly prepared dishes. This opportunity therefore also catalyzed the interest of recognized operators in the sector.
See, for example, the PIRATABUS. Nine companies are vying for its management. In addition to those who have been running it for decades, there is the company that belongs to a well-known restaurant in Sant Francesc and another that deals with catering in ibiza.
Also for the LUCKY there are nine candidates in the running, including obviously the outgoing manager. Then there is a household name on the island, owner of a famous and popular beach club. And there is an important company that belongs to important restaurants in Barcelona.
For the booth CALA SAONA, the candidates are even more numerous, that is to say ten. Among them also the manager (of Italian origin) of a well-known restaurant in Illetes.
An Italian candidacy also for the chiringuito PEOPLE in Es Pujols, for which three questions were allowed: he is also a very well-known person in Formentera, being the general manager of one of the most popular clubs on the island.
Curious (but, be careful, it’s completely legitimate and in fact the two candidacies were considered regular and therefore admitted to the final phase) that his partner is among the candidates for the management of another chiringuitos: it’s the “BARTOLINO“ in Es Pujols, which received the “Palme d’Or” for the most coveted booth of the whole call: fifteen, in fact, the admitted candidacies. Among these, there are those businessmen (restaurateurs, entrepreneurs and real estate developers) who are really very important on the island.
For the BARTOLO on the other hand, four candidates are admitted. five for the KIOSKO62 and nine for FRANCA.
A surprise: there were those who had hypothesized a strong candidacy of the Pacha Group from Ibiza for one of the chiringuitos. Well that didn’t happen. The group in question submitted only one application for the award of the deckchair and parasol service on a stretch of the beach of Es Arenals, in front of his hotel: to win this concession, he will have to face eight other candidates.
Last curiosity: of the 50 lots in the running, only two auctions remained empty because no application was presented or accepted. Here is the kiosk-bookstore that stood near the Riu hotel and the gods deckchairs and umbrellas on the beach of Es Calò.