I would like to begin this letter by commending the people of Tinian and its leadership for proceeding with the proposed divert project on Tinian for a number of reasons, the first being economic diversification.
It is important for the Commonwealth as a whole and each island to develop, to the greatest extent possible, a diverse economy that is not entirely reliant on one industry. In the CNMI we have all experienced tremendous setbacks and economic hardship as a result of some catastrophe that affects tourism, for example.
So far, the leadership and officials at the Commonwealth Ports Authority are working to ensure that the divert project is sound, and contributes to the development of Tinian, looking to increase employment, construction that enhances Tinian’s overall infrastructure and ensures it is done safely, according to industry standards and that safety and environmental protections are observed and enforced. The mechanism for public input is there: attend the public hearing and write letters for the record.
As someone who has both personal and business interests on Tinian, I endorse the divert project as being a plus for the economy and all concerned.
Naturally, there are concerns with respect to any project but I am confident that the people of Tinian, their leadership, and the U.S. Air Force, can work together to bring about a project that will end up having a positive effect on the economy of Tinian, an important step toward economic self-sufficiency.
Juan S. Tenorio
Airport Road, Saipan