Diario de Ibiza, the news agency for the hottest Summer dance music location on the planet, recently reported that government officials have ordered the clubs Amnesia, DC10 and Bora Bora to shut down. Effective immediately, DC 10 will be shut down for two months, Amnesia and Bora Bora for one month each.
A case has been brewing against these clubs related to the sale and use of illegal narcotics during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The government has admitted that there is no legal precedent for closing clubs, but has proposed that drugs cause a safety hazard and hurt Ibiza's overall tourism industry. The government states that 450 people were arrested in possession of drugs during this year's opening weekend with one hospital handling 11 drug overdose cases.
The closures hurt many dance music fans who travel to Ibiza for the Summer, not to mention employees and DJs who depend on the Summer bookings. Although, the government has collected evidence from past years, it has decided to kill a huge amount of business during the island's key months. The situation could have been handled outside of the prime revenue-generating months and been to the benefit of all involved. Allegations of political undertones are spreading but no corroborating evidence has surfaced as yet.