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As happened last year, a few weeks before the foreseeable beginning of the public decorations in the Madeiran capital, there is still no element in the street. Nor do you know when there will be, although the Tourism Secretary says it is doing everything possible to overcome the delay.

What Journal Madeira know, after much insistence over several days with the Secretary of Tourism and Culture and the company involved, is that they are legal issues that are the source of the visible delay. And among these issues is the fact that the public tender has been deserted after encountering shortcomings in the applications submitted.

Faced with these delays, the Secretary of Paula Cabaço followed the direct adjustment process and awarded the proposal to one of the companies. There it ran into another problem: the losing company filed an administrative action that forced it to suspend everything and prevented the signing of the contract.

According to the newspaper, the process has already reached the Administrative and Fiscal Court of Funchal, but it was not possible to proceed with the work of placing the materials.

Even without advancing any date for the beginning of the lighting or even for its inauguration – usually it is December 1 – source of the Secretary of Tourism ensures to JM that every effort is being made to maintain the usual schedule. And he is confident in timely resolution of a problem similar to what happened last year.

A topic a lot will be talking about, and as they say this happened last year.

We have all our lights and decorations up in Caniço de Baixo and along Garajau, so I guess they are banging them out in these smaller areas while this situation waits to be resolved.