A recent Saipan local law authored and sponsored by Rep. John Paul Sablan seeks to amend the Saipan zoning law to authorize placing mobile homes and container houses along Beach Road in Garapan and all along the beaches on the western side of Saipan. Yes, you read that right: trailers and shipping containers converted into “houses” are to be allowed all along our precious beaches.
Can you imagine lawmakers so depraved as to legalize damaging our beautiful, pristine, protected beaches by putting up slum dwellings right beside the beach? I don’t know what you call it but I call it deplorable. Someone or some group is behind this poor choice and they will get the benefit. The rest of us will only receive the negatives—reduced quality of life, lower property values, and slums along our public beaches is what we residents will get.
We will all get over the horrible damage Super Typhoon Yutu has done to us and our beautiful islands. Long after Yutu becomes just a bad memory, we will still be looking at slum dwelling trailer houses on our beaches if we allow these conflicted legislators to get away with this bill.
S.L.B. 20-60, authored by Rep. John Paul Sablan, must be stopped in its tracks. It was snuck in under the cover last week on Oct. 19. Don’t let them get away with this travesty. Call your representative and all three Saipan senators immediately and tell him or her to vote this down.
Stanley McGinnis Torres
McGinnis Hill, Saipan