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Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality

Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality: Save the Nightlife in Lagos

    1. Petition by

      ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association

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Exmo Senhor Presidente da Assembleia da Republica Portuguesa
Exmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo de Portugal
Exmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo do Algarve
Exmo Senhor Presidente da Camara Municipal de Lagos

As a patron, and/or as a visitor to Lagos, and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor intending to visit Lagos in the future, I do hereby inform you that I do NOT AGREE with any of the proposed changes described in Article 2, Article 3, Article 6 and Article 15 of the Lagos Council Edital No 242/2012 dated the 12 December 2012, which is in the phase of public consultation until 12 January 2013.

Should the Lagos Council decide to proceed with the approval and implementation of the by-laws described in the above “Edital”, which has the potential to negatively affect the current nightlife experiences in Lagos, that I as a patron, and/or as a visitor and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor expect, you are hereby notified that it will greatly affect my choice of Lagos and the Algarve as a tourism, and/or holiday, and/or business, and/or investment destination.

In other words, I would most probably select another alternative location to enjoy my leisure, business or investment activities.

In view thereof, I respectfully request that the proposal’ and/or changes proposed to the “status-quo” described in the said “Edital” be cancelled.

THE LAGOS LOCAL GOVERMENT AGENCY, NAMELY THE CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS IS LOOKING AT:

1. THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL CATEGORY (CATEGORY 5) UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF EDITAL 242/2012, WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED AS BEING AN UFAIR AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE ACTION AGAINST OTHER OPERATORS AND BUSINESSES IN LAGOS.

2. THAT THE PROPOSED SOUND/NOISE MONITORING SYSTEM DESCRIBED UNDER ARTICLE 6 OF EDITAL 242/2012 MAY BE SEEN AS AN ATTEMPT TO BENEFIT UNSPECIFIED BUSINESS PROVIDERS.

3. THAT THE GROUNDS FOR JUSTIFICATION OF THE NEED FOR A SPECIAL NOISE/SOUND MONITORING SYSTEM IS AN UNCESSARY EXPENSE LEVIED ON THE LAGOS BUSINESS SECTOR AS NOISE/SOUND CONTROL IS ALREADY ADDRESSED UNDER NATIONAL NOISE/SOUND CONTROL LAWS.

WHAT WE WANT
We want the proposed changes to be cancelled.

We appoint as our representative in the Algarve, ASMAA – The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association and instruct its management to sit down with the government, in the joint function of being representatives of the public and of the affected businesses, so that real solutions can be reached instead of the proposed changes which I deem to be sort-sighted and anti-competitive policies.


FACTS

1. Despite what some of the lesser forms of media would tell you about crime and violence in the Algarve, the facts are that Lagos has a fairly low violence and other related crime rate.

2. Taxis/cabs will become impossible to obtain, and many smaller bars will be put into bankruptcy if further restrictions on licenses are to go ahead.

3. In November 2005 London extended its drinking hours and lifted its lockout to battle the number of assaults and drunken behaviour; it worked and continues to be extended further.

The London tests have found that binge drinking decreased overall because patrons could spread out their drinking over a longer period of time.

4. There is no proof that reducing the hours that a venue is opened will decrease violence, decrease drinking, or decrease public disturbances, in fact there’s strong evidence to the contrary as more people spill out onto the street at the same time looking for alternatives or to go home.

5. Nightlife in Lagos only starts at about 23h00 in the evening. And in the summer it starts at 24h00 because the sun goes down late.

FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS

Bartenders, security, venue owners/operators will all lose revenue as working hours decrease and there is less money to go around in a recessive saturated industry.

In unsure economic times like today, it is unfair to cripple an industry that so many working families rely on for their income.

Bars, Clubs and Restaurants are already highly regulated and scrutinised.

With the proposed changes people will be more inclined to drink in the street or outside closed off venues, causing an increase in noise and public disturbances.

CIVIL LIBERTIES

Infringement on people’s rights to visit the venues of their choice! Restriction on what should be their choice is a blatant violation of their rights.

The fact that these places can operate at a profit proves that there is a market for people who like to listen to music, mingle with others or have fun at all hours of the night.

Lagos is a dynamic and well promoted tourism destination and not all people work 9-5.

Tourist, visitors, residents, shift workers, hospitality workers and general night owl’s are being discriminated against.

Workers’ rights: the government has failed to take into account the ramifications this will have on hospitality workers. Most of these people work hard all night so Lagos visitors and residents can socialise after a hard weeks work or during their visit to the Lagos council area. I must ask, if these same workers are not entitled to socialise with their co-workers and friends after they finish scrubbing our dishes, cleaning our glasses, serving us drinks and taking our orders

SAFETY

Increased Street traffic is a major outcome of these new laws.

In the towns in other countries where these laws were introduced people naturally spilled out of the bars, restaurants and nightclubs and onto the street causing police to be overrun with violence and disorderly behaviour.

People not able to get home – not enough taxis/cabs (not to mention associated issues with cab drivers being unwilling to take intoxicated passengers) will result in more people on the streets not able to find a way home

People unable to exit a venue to get fresh air or food.

Police will be unable to handle increase in street traffic/assaults – as their resources are already stretched.

I have read and comprehend its contents and I subscribe to this petition.

Recent signatures

    News

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      Uma oportunidade de se fazer perguntas a direccao do Turismo do Algarve e ao Secretario do Estado sobre a exploracao de petroleo e gas e esse impacto na economia da regiao.

      An opportunity to ask questions from Tourism and the Secretary of state.

      Bookings: Algarve Tourism / Turismo do Algarve 289 800 524.

      Seminario: Relação entre a Cultura e o Turismo inspira encontro em Sagres

      O contributo que a cultura pode dar ao principal motor económico do Algarve, o turismo, vai ser um dos temas centrais do «Encontro Cultura e Turismo – Reencontro com os Segredos do Algarve», que irá decorrer no dia 17 de outubro, a partir das 14h30, no Memmo Baleeira Hotel, em Sagres, concelho de Vila do Bispo.

      Esta iniciativa conjunta da Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, Direção Regional de Cultura do Algarve e da Região de Turismo do Algarve «vai reunir profissionais da Cultura e do Turismo numa jornada de reflexão sobre o contributo e o papel essencial dos recursos do património e da cultura para reforçar a identidade da região».

      Além dos responsáveis máximos das duas entidades algarvias que organizam o encontro, também marcará presença neste encontro os secretários de Estado do Turismo e da Cultura.

      A participação neste evento é gratuita, mas sujeita a inscrição prévia, já que o número de lugares é limitado. Para inscrições, contactar o número 289 800 524.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/740911985995551/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=1105844232

      Todos a Sagres no dia 17 Outubro - All to Sagres on 17 October | Facebook

      Todos a Sagres no dia 17 Outubro - All to Sagres on 17 October | Facebook

    2. What will you do when “Tourism” as you know it, is a thing of the past in t

      What will you do when "Tourism" as you know it, is a thing of the past in the Algarve?

      Dear friends After the confirmation by Repsol's President on a press release on 9 July 2014, that the oil and gas exploration of Algarve offshore is going ahead, we have to ask: "What are YOU doing currently to protect the Algarve economy - that is totally dependent on Tourism - from the threats and risks of the announced Oil and Gas exploration next year, which now counts with the full support and endorsement of Cavaco Silva and Passos Coelho?"

    3. OH NO! A jack-up support platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao?

      29 Aug 2014 — The image above shows, what seems to be, a Jack-up Support Platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao since the 27th of August - It all started with a message on Facebook, asking if they had started with the exploration of oil and gas, as there is a platform offshore just off Praia da Rocha. This was followed by one of our members asking if a vessel they had seen at sea could be a seismic survey ship?

      http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/blog/offshore-oil-and-gas/oh-no-a-jack-up-support-platform-seen-from-praia-da-rocha-in-portimao

      OH NO! A jack-up support platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao?

      The image above shows, what seems to be, a Jack-up Support Platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao since the 27th of August - It all started with a message on Facebook, asking if they had started with the exploration of oil and gas, as there is a platform offshore just off Praia da Rocha.

    4. UM CONVITE PARA USAR A SUA CAPACIDADE DE LIDERANÇA NA ASMAA

      UM CONVITE PARA USAR A SUA CAPACIDADE DE LIDERANÇA

      A associação ASMAA está a recrutar um grupo de liders para a gerência dos três concelhos da associação. ASMAA é uma associação sem fins lucrativos, de âmbito privado, com a finalidade de dinamizar a economia do Algarve usando o mar e as zonas costeiras como ferramentas de desenvolvimento turístico.

    5. A CALL FOR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO HELP SHAPE ASMAA’S FUTURE

      A CALL FOR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO HELP SHAPE ASMAA'S FUTURE

      ASMAA is seeking new Board members! This is a unique opportunity for you to play a leading role in an up and coming independent association in the Algarve. ASMAA is a multilingual and multicultural organisation and strives on its diversity of cultures.

    6. ASMAA TO RESTRUCTURE ITS BOARD: ANNOUNCEMENT!

      ASMAA TO RESTRUCTURE ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

      PRESS RELEASE Lagos, Algarve, 20 July 2014: ASMAA anounced today that it is restructuring its board. It is typical that as an organisation grows out of its start-up phase and progresses into the phase of expansion and growth, that there will be a need for restructuring. ASMAA is no different!

    7. EXPLORAÇÃO DE PETRÓLEO CONFIRMADO PARA 2015 – QUANTO VAIS PERDER?

      Nos últimos 2 anos temos vindo a avisar sobre o risco de a Repsol ir para a frente com a exploração de gás e petróleo e os impactos para o Algarve e para nós que aqui residimos. Muitos não acreditavam que a perfuração de gás e petróleo offshore no Algarve iria acontecer. Afinal isto tem sido falado ao longo de 10 anos e nada aconteceu até agora.

      Mas agora já e oficial. O presidente da Repsol teve reuniões na ultima semana com Cavaco e Silva e com Passos Coelho. Mas nos contribuintes, ainda estamos a escura sobre estas negociatas.

      Ler a nota de imprensa da Repsol aqui: http://www.sulinformacao.pt/2014/07/presidente-da-repsol-anuncia-inicio-da-prospecao-de-gas-no-algarve-no-proximo-ano/

      Bem, o momento de acordar ... e realmente agir, e agora. Ou continuamos com as nossas ações ou vai ser tarde demais. O tempo para reagir está a ficar pouco!

      Pense no que e que você vai dizer aos seus filhos no futuro, porque você não fez nada?

      1. Quando não há trabalho para eles no Algarve? E vão ter que emigrar?
      2. Quando eles não podem pescar nas águas do Algarve, devido à poluição causada por produtos químicos e derrames devido as perfurações? Quando não se poder comer peixe ou marisco por estar contaminado e não se puder comê-lo com segurança?
      3. Quando eles não podem usar o mar, porque ele esta cheio de plataformas e áreas protegidas?
      4. Quando você tem que vender a sua casa abaixo do preço que você pagou por ela, porque ninguém quer mais viver aqui?
      5. Quando você não pode deixar o seu negócio para os seus filhos, porque você é obrigado a fechá-lo?
      6. Quando você não pode alimentar-se, ou os seus filhos?
      7. Quando você é forçado a deixar o Algarve, porque não há mais o turismo, ou dinheiro para apoiar você e sua família?

      Tudo o que terá de fazer é FAZER NADA para isso acontecer! É isso que você realmente quer para os seus filhos?

      Mas o que você pode fazer? Aqui está uma lista do que você pode fazer (clique no link) ... http://tinyurl.com/pjnvp3m

      QUAL E A VANTAGEM DE ACTUAR AGORA? - Pelo menos no futuro quando os seus filhos fizerem perguntas vai poder dizer ... "Eu fiz tudo o que eu poderia fazer"

      Faça um donativo agora para a campanha contra a exploração de petróleo e gás para nos ter-mos verbas para poder-mos agir. O seu apoio é fundamental e ajuda-nos nesta luta - a sobrevivência de todos nos está em jogo! E já não temos muito tempo para agir...

      Cada contribuição faz a diferença. Seja 25, 50 ou 100 Euros, etc - o valor que você sente é justificável e agradecido.

      Banco Titular da conta: ASMAA Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Associação
      NIB: 0038 0000 40309681771 32 (Se você estiver em Portugal)
      IBAN: PT50 0038 0000 40309681771 32 (Para pagamentos internacionais)
      BIC: BNIFPTPL
      REF: DIGA NÃO AO PETRÓLEO E GÁS

      PAYPAL: info@asmaa-algarve.org (como uma transferência / presente de um amigo)

      NOTA: Se você gostaria de um recibo para efeitos fiscais, por favor enviar e-mail: info@asmaa-algarve.org

      Por favor ajude a divulgar a campanha e a petição, pelo menos arranje mais duas pessoas para assinar a petição, precisamos chegar a 100 000 assinaturas, se quisermos ter realmente impacto.

      Compartilhe a petição via e-mail, no Facebook, Twitter e Linkedin ... aqui está o link para a petição online http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2

      Obrigado
      A equipe da ASMAA

      Presidente da Repsol anuncia início da prospeção de gás no Algarve no próximo ano

      O presidente da Repsol anunciou hoje que a multinacional espanhola vai iniciar a perfuração e prospeção de gás natural ao largo do Algarve no próximo ano.

    8. OIL DRILLING IN ALGARVE IN 2015 CONFIRMED – ARE YOU READY TO LOOSE IT ALL?

      For the past 2 years we have been warning you. Many didn’t believe that drilling for gas and oil offshore in the Algarve would ever happen. After all there’s been talk on and off for past 10 years and nothing happened till now.

      http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/07/09/spain-repsol-to-explore-for-gas-in-portugal-algarve-region/

      Well time to wake-up ... and really take action. Time is running out!

      What will you tell your children in the future because YOU DID NOTHING?

      1. When there is no work for them in the future in the Algarve?
      2. When they can’t fish in the Algarve waters due to pollution caused by drilling chemicals and spills? Because fish is so contaminated that you cant eat it safely?
      3. When they can’t use the sea because it’s full of platforms and protected areas?
      4. When you have to sell your house below the price that you paid for it because nobody wants to live here anymore?
      5. When you can’t pass your business over to them because you are forced to close it down?
      6. When you can’t feed yourself, or them, or your family anymore?
      7. When you are forced to leave the Algarve because there is no more tourism, or money to support you and your family?

      All it will take is YOU doing NOTHING! Is this what YOU really want for your kids?

      But what CAN YOU DO? Here’s a list of WHAT YOU CAN DO (CLICK ON THE LINK) … http://tinyurl.com/pjnvp3m

      WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? - You get to tell your kids one day … “I did all that I could do”

      Donate NOW to the Say NO to Oil and Gas in the Algarve campaign fund. Your support is vital and helps us in this fight – the survival of all is on the line!

      Every contribution makes a difference. Be it 25, 50 or 100 Euros, etc - whatever amount you feel is justifiable and you can afford.

      Bank Account Holder: ASMAA Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
      NIB: 0038 0000 40309681771 32 (If you are in Portugal)
      IBAN: PT50 0038 0000 40309681771 32 (For International payments)
      BIC: BNIFPTPL REF: SAY NO TO OIL AND GAS

      PAYPAL: info@asmaa-algarve.org (as a transfer/gift to a friend)

      NOTE: If you would like a receipt for tax purposes please email: info@asmaa-algarve.org

      Get at least another 2 people to sign the petition we need to reach 100 000 signatures if we are to truly have impact.

      Share the petition via e-mail, on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin … here’s the link to the online petition http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2

      Thank you The ASMAA team

      Spain's Repsol to explore for gas in Portugal's Algarve region

      The chairman of Spanish energy major Repsol said Wednesday his company plans to explore for natural gas next year in Portugal's southern Algarve region. Antonio Brufau conveyed that message to Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva at the Belem presidential palace in Lisbon, where he also was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Jessica Lopez LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I would not want to see what Lagos is special for taken away. Many people would be forced out of business and it would be difficult to justify coming to a city with a curfew when I could spend money and time in a place that encourages its local businesses and tourism.

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    • Laura Ley LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      To save the most unique, safe and fantastic nightlife in anywhere I have ever been around the world.

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    • Nick Allen BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      What to invest and start company in area.

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    • Nicole Carr DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I visit Lagos every year and one of its main attractions are its night life . Lagos would loose its atmosphere!!

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    • Enda Fitz DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I love LAGOS nightlife!

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