The Saipan’s Mayor Office is now training its sights on planting flowers along the sides of the Beach Road pathway after its revegetation efforts on highway medians were capped by the Department of Public Works.
Saipan Mayor Donald Flores told Saipan Tribune that his office wants to extend its island beautification project by planting flowers they are currently cultivating at their orchard in Chalan Kanoa along the sides of Saipan’s famous beach pathway.
Spaces ideal for the planting of flowers along the beach pathway is from the area across the JP Center Building in Garapan to Oleai Beach Bar and Grill in Oleai.
Flores said they still have to get the permission of the Coastal Resources Management and Division of Environmental Quality before they can start the project.
He said the plan is for the flowers to be bordered by logs to make it more aesthetically pleasant, not only for the island’s tourists but also for local residents who uses the pathway for exercise and leisure walking.
Flores said the best way to make sure that Saipan remains a “green” island is to plant flowers where tourists frequent and the best candidate for that is the pathway.
The Saipan mayor said his office is preparing for this latest island beautification effort by planting several species of colorful flowers at its nursery beside the U.S. Post Office in Chalan Kanoa.
Saipan Mayor’s Office staff Antonieto “Sonny” Mateo is managing the nursery in Chalan Kanoa.
Flores said if DEQ and CRM could issue the permits it needs to go through with the project, he hopes to start planting the flowers by year’s end.
In early July, the Saipan Mayor’s Office and the Marianas Visitors Authority criticized DPW for going ahead with its capping of highway medians, which originally contained flowers and other plants planted by the former and other volunteer groups.
DPS argued then that it had to weed out the flowers and plants because they were hard and costly to maintain and could become a safety hazard for motorists. It also said that small squares were actually left for MVA and the mayor’s office to continue its beautification efforts. DPW Secretary Martin Sablan and Tudela eventually kissed and made up and are now cooperating in islandwide cleanup efforts like the trimming of tree branches, among others.