Statue of Autonomy raised. Seafront work to be completed by Xmas. Fajã dos Padres.

Statue of Autonomy raised. Seafront work to be completed by Xmas. Fajã dos Padres. 1

Seafront work to be completed for Christmas

imageThe Estátua da Autonomia was re-erected this morning in the square named after it where the streams of João Gomes and Santa Luzia converge, after last night having been transported to its place in front of the EEM building (photo from the online  Journal da Madeira/Alfredo Rodrigues). Meanwhile the Vice- President of the Regional Government, João Cunha e Silva (again pictured in the Journal) told journalists that the work would be completed on the seafront in time for Xmas

Latest seafront photos

Lots of new photos of the latest state of the seafront at skyscrapercity (don’t forget to go to very last pages)

Lift out of order

Still no date for resolution of the problem or affect the lift.

The panoramic elevator at Fajã dos Padres has been out of action since the end of last week, with no date being given for it’s repair. This has meant that the only access to the bottom of the 250 metre cliff has been by sea. Not quite sure of my translation skills here, but apparently the elevator cost €7.50 per return trip, whilst the boat trip was €7.50 each way. From what I can make out, the cost of the boat trip has been halved for the time being – somebody may be able to clarify this? Hopefully the restaurant there will not suffer as a result.

Harbour progress in Santa Cruz and Machico

In Santa Cruz, a floating platform serves alternative 'pontoon'.  Photo Orlando Drumond

The Diario reports today on the lack of progress that has been made in the harbours of Santa Cruz (above) and Machico, nearly nine months after the south coast of the island took a severe battering in heavy storms. Apparently some of the delays have been due to confusion over the “trusteeship” of some of the affected spaces. However recent legal directives seem to indicate that the ports authority, APRAM, assumes responsibility – which it has always denied. Hopefully we will see the replacement of the floating walkways and other work shortly (a bathing platform has been put to use as a pontoon in Santa Cruz in the meantime). The new walkways are reported to have been available since the end of May waiting for the dispute to be resolved.

Funchal dog show

Os Jardins do Lido voltam a ser o palco de mais uma Mostra Canina.The 9th City of Funchal Dog Show takes place this Saturday, September 6th at 3.00pm. in the Lido Gardens – this is the large landscaped area beneath the Port Mare and Eden Mar hotels. The event is supported by Câmara Municipal do Funchal and the company Frente Mar Funchal which administers various public places on the seafront. Dogs of pure or mixed breed, aged between 4 months and 10 years, are eligible to compete, provided they have been vaccinated. Evaluation will be by the international judge of the Portuguese Kennel Club, Francisco Salvador Janeiro.

12 thoughts on “Statue of Autonomy raised. Seafront work to be completed by Xmas. Fajã dos Padres.”

  1. How do Gold Car keep getting away with this terrible service, it is giving Madeira a very bad name. We have a holiday rental and we have been advising our guests not to use Gold Car or Bravacar for a while now. If all the other holiday rental owners do the same maybe they will improve their service or close down.

  2. Could anyone be kind enough to tell us how to get hold of a
    Sky box? We don’t have an address in UK but believe there’s a
    company we can pay a one-off fee to? We have tried all sorts of
    ways to airplay and/or stream onto the tv but it often
    cuts out after a few minutes or freezes. Very frustrating!

  3. Hi Jaquine,

    If you really want a SKY box I think you would be able to get one on E-Bay. We had a SKY box but when the satellites were moved all the channels started to disappear leaving us with just a few freeview ones like CBS Reality etc.

    As my husband has MS and is disabled it is quite important for us to have TV as we are virtually housebound now as I don’t drive so its nice to have something.

    My husband did a bit of research on the internet and we decided to try NetBox – see website address below. It does freeze now and again but it wasn’t too expensive so we thought we would try it. It is an annual fee so if you don’t like it you don’t have to renew it.. All the channels are on it – even the SKY film channels and all the sports channels, SKY news etc.

    We got the local satellite guy to install it for us.

    My husband phoned PT and apparently fibre-optic will reach Prazeres where we are by the end of the year which hopefully will improve the reception.

    This was the best we could get at the time so we will just see how it goes. We’ve had it for about six months now.

    Sorry can’t be more helpful.



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