More improvements pushed for Paupau Beach


With a bill that allocates over $39,000 to build a new playground at Paupau Beach already enacted, Precinct IV Rep. Joel Camacho’s (R-Saipan) sees that as the start of more improvements of not just at Paupau Beach but also the Capital Hill area.

With Camacho’s House Local Bill 21-25 enacted Thursday last week, he said he eventually wishes to make more improvements in the Paupau Beach area, including a possible beach volleyball court.

“I reprogrammed some of the remaining balances to a pot for the final payment to make sure it is funded,” he noted, referring to H.L.B. 21-25. The legislation collects the remaining balances from previous appropriations and directed it toward a new playground at Paupau Beach. He was able to collect over $39,000 for the project.

“I will hopefully work with [Department of Public Works] to include a beach volleyball court. I want to do it…[sooner] but the Public School System was [a higher] priority,” he noted.

“Next time around, or in the next funding cycle, I want to try and fix up a beach volleyball court on Capit[a]l Hill or Paupau Beach so that we can…start a sports program,” he said.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres enacted H.L.B. 21-25 last Thursday afternoon at the Governor’s Office conference room. The legislation is now known as Saipan Local Law 21-6.

Although the legislation had already been enacted, Camacho noted that ground-breaking on the project has yet to start.

“The contractors will be going back to the drawing board and then go back to the site to see how they will break ground,” he said.

“I will be meeting with the Department of Public Works to get some feedback. Hopefully [the contractors] will start soon.”

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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