Sea Touch Saipan LLC, the first of its kind shark and stingray marine park project in the Commonwealth, is set to finally open.
The company, in its website said it is all set to open this February, although the company did not give a specific date. Local TV news program KSPN 2 reported, though, that Sea Touch will be open to the public this Saturday.
In November of last year, the administration of Gov. Eloy S. Inos gave the go-signal for Sea Touch Saipan LLC to build a $1.125-million shark and stingray marine park project at the beachfront of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.
Baldyga Group, which operates SandCastle at the Hyatt Regency Saipan, owns Sea Touch and has reportedly spent $275,000 for the project.
The Sea Touch agreement is a landmark deal since it is the first time the CNMI leased its submerged lands after President Barrack Obama reconveyed its 3-mile submerged lands back to the islands in 2013
Rep. Joseph Lee Pan Guerrero (R-Saipan) said in an interview that he wants to see more projects like Sea Touch to be established in the Commonwealth in the hopes of drawing in more tourists.
The lawmaker said he is set to meet with officials of the Marianas Visitors Authority to know more of the tourism body’s plans for the rest of the year.
“I just want to sit down with them [MVA officials] and see what they plan to do,” Guerrero said, noting that he also wants to give recommendations to the tourism board.
The meeting with the MVA is set for Feb. 20 on Capital Hill. (Joel D. Pinaroc)