Liberation carnival grounds reopen today
Reduction of vendor fees mulled
The 2015 Liberation Festivities carnival grounds will reopen today, Tuesday, after being closed for two weeks due to tropical storms Chan-Hom and Nangka passing through the Commonwealth.
Skywalker Communications Group public relations manager Kiki Chen confirmed that the carnival grounds would continue today.
Chen said they have been already been preparing for the reopening of the 2015 Liberation Festivities.
“It will be open today,” Chen said.
The carnival grounds at Garapan Fishing Base have also received a new look since the shipment of the canopies came in. Activities and vendors will resume, including live entertainment. However, carnival rides will be arriving in mid-July.
Posters and flyers have also been strung along Beach Road leading to the Garapan tourist district to attract visitors.
Saipan Mayor’s Office special assistant Henry Hofschneider said that everyone have been prepping up for the reopening of the carnival grounds.
Hofschneider noted that they would continue the Liberation Day parade this Saturday, July 18, after being cancelled twice on July 4 and July 11.
When asked whether the cancellations of the carnival would somehow lead to a cut in the rental fee for vendors, Hofschneider said there still hasn’t been any complaints from the vendors. He said the storm was unavoidable and that there was nothing that could have been done.
In a separate interview, Skywalker Communications business director Elvis Yu said their company, the 2015 Liberation committee, and the Saipan Mayor’s Office will discuss the matter at a future date.
“We’ve already discussed in regards to the reducing the fees. However, we will meet with the mayor [David M. Apatang] and discuss more on the matter and make a decision,” Yu said.