A group of establishments in Ibiza are pleading with local authorities to implement harsh punishments and increased restrictions on unlicensed and illegal parties.
As reported by Diario De Ibiza, the Leisure Association Of Ibiza, recently issued a statement demanding “greater hardship against illegal parties, a fact that unfortunately is not new on the island.” The Leisure Association Of Ibiza, known locally as La Asociación Ocio De Ibiza, is comprised of 27 venues, including Ushuaïa, Blue Marlin Ibiza, DC-10 and Café Mambo.
In the same statement, the collective thanked San José council “for their determination in these cases”. The municipality recently handed out €84,000 in fines to “owners of different private homes for organizing ‘large format’ parties that caused significant noise disturbance to the neighbors”.
Most of the unlicensed events in question are villa parties. Last year San José council issued 14 citations to the owners of seven houses and the Leisure Association of Ibiza would like to see more crackdowns: “It seems there is a need for greater commitment on the part of the authorities of the whole island in the fight against the clandestine parties.”
José Luis Benítez, who is the association’s manager, views the villa parties as giving Ibiza a bad reputation because of “prostitution and drugs”, adding “it’s time to end this harmful image that is repeated every summer”.
Mixmag has reached out from a comment from San José council.
A couple were wrestled to the ground in Ibiza after being caught on camera fighting with a bus driver.
In a clip, which was filmed by a British holidaymaker, a man and a woman are seen scuffling with the older man.
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The tourist said: ‘So we’re just casually watching a fight, two Spaniards, one is a bus driver’.
At the start of the video, the woman gets up after being knocked to the ground by her boyfriend as he fights the driver at the bus station in San Antonio.
She proceeds to pull at bus driver’s underwear down while he wrestles her partner to the floor to avoid being elbowed in the face.
The brawl – which continues with the couple whacking their victim from all sides on the pavement by his vehicle – appears to confuse the tourist filming it.
Halfway through he says: ‘Really not sure what’s going on now.’
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Locals and some bystanders eventually rush over to try to break up the fight.
The woman can be overheard shouting out ‘Que haces, que haces?’ – ‘What are you doing, what are you doing?’ – as she goes on the attack again.
At one point the confused bus driver appears to lash out at the woman, prompting her to threaten to call police.
Several bystanders later pinned the young Spaniard at the centre of the drama to the ground.
It was not clear why the fighting started or if police had been called and made any arrests, although one of the men who helped to eventually control the situation could be seen making a call on his mobile as fists flew.
The bus is believed to have been travelling the San Antonio to Ibiza route.
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One social media user said: ‘Why film instead of helping to break it up!’
Another added: ‘That guy who is trying to beat the bus driver up is such a weak pussy.
‘I mean, he is probably 20 or more years younger than him and he is still trying to kick him while he is laying on the ground and attack him from the back. Sad.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted ALSA bus company for comment.
A British man has died after falling asleep on the balcony of his third-floor apartment and plunging to the ground at a popular holiday resort on the island of Ibiza.
Carl Shepherd, 28, was pronounced dead at Jet Apartments, Playa d’en Bossa around 6.30am this morning, following a failed 45-minute attempt by paramedics to save his life.
Mr Shepherd became the second British holidaymaker to lose his life from a fall on the popular party island in just eight days.
Tragic: The 28-year-old man died after falling from the Jet Apartments in the popular resort of Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza
Mr Shepherd had reportedly fallen asleep on a small ledge between the terrace of the apartment he was in and a neighbouring apartment at around 5.30am.
Well-placed sources also revealed police had confiscated several laughing gas capsules they found in the apartment he was sharing with friends and found several bottles of alcohol lying on the floor of the flat.
The insider said: ‘The floor of the inside of the apartment was strewn with empty alcohol bottles and there were also several laughing gas capsules inside.’
Mr Shepherd’s friends are thought to have been partying inside the apartment when he went outside to lay down on the ledge.
Laughing gas – nitrous oxide, also known by the name hippy crack – has been linked to a number of deaths.
Horrifying: The incident took place at just after 5.30am on Monday morning
Police have warned young people using the gas they are at ‘exceptional risk’, especially when they combine it with alcohol.
A worker at the apartment block where Carl died said he had seemed like a ‘lovely man’ and had even helped a cleaner tidy up his apartment and the one beside his the day before he fell to his death.
Jet Apartments are famed for their parties and is located just a stone’s thrown from popular clubs like Ushuaia. They attract a mainly British crowd.
On Sunday last week Callum Marriott, 26, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, died after plunging onto the floor of an inside patio from the fourth-floor of a building called the Tanit building in nearby San Antonio.
He had just enjoyed his last night out on the holiday island with friends and was due to catch a plane home later the same day.
Investigators said afterwards they believed he may have been trying to get into his fourth-floor apartment when he fell around 4.15am on August 6 after leaving his friends and returning early only to find he didn’t have keys to get in.
Charlie Simpkin, 20, a workmate at Mansfield Citroen where Callum worked as a technician, said in a moving tribute: ‘There aren’t words to describe him. He was just golden. He was like a brother to me. He was really bubbly, he loved life, his music and his cars.’
Last month, a 27-year-old Irishman was badly injured after hitting his head on the bottom of his swimming pool at his two-star hotel in San Antonio when he miscalculated the depth and dived into the shallow end.