Agat Residents Call Off Protest After Mayor, Morrison & Administration Mediate Resolution to Jet Ski Complaints

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Guam – A planned protest in Agat Saturday over a jet ski operator accused of monopolizing Nimitz Beach was called off after the business agreed to move to Cabras Island.

The jet ski operator, PSV Corporation, had an agreement with former Parks and Rec Director Pete Calvo to use the beach and paid $1,500 for a permit.

Mayor Carol Tayama told PNC Friday she was upset that Parks and Rec did not tell her office about the agreement and residents complained the company was blocking  local use of the beach, preventing the use of  restrooms and denying area residents the right to fish off the beach.

But on Saturday, Agat resident Mary Charfarous told PNC News that a resolution was reached following a meetings with the company,  the Governor’s Office, Mayor Tayama, Senator Tommy Morrison and Parks and Rec.

Surrounded by about a dozen other Agat residents and fishermen, Charfarous said PSV “is moving out and they are relocating to Cabras in 30 days.”

Friday,  new Parks and Rec Director, Ray Blas told us he and Jesse Alig from the Governor’s Office met with the Mayor and PSV.  And former Parks and Rec Director, now Senator, Tommy Morrison said he too was called in to help mediate and Morrision in a release said “the jetski operator agreed to relocate to an area that is less disruptive and in compliance with the the RWUMP rules and regulation.”

Senator Morrison credited the jet ski operator for being “open … to the concerns of the Agat community, ”

 

READ Senator Morrison’s release in FULL below:

Morrison Meets with Mayor Tayama and Business Owner to Resolve Agat Community Concerns
Win-win compromise addresses Agat resident concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2013
Hagatna, Guam.

Senator Tommy Morrison met with Mayor Tayama and a jetski operator today to address concerns from Agat residents regarding the jet ski operation at Nimitz Beach. The beach is a popular recreation area for families, swimmers, and fishermen.

“The good Mayor Tayama and several southern residents have brought the issue to my attention. Apparently the operation was causing complaints from residents who frequent the beach for fishing and swimming. They found it disruptive,” said Morrison.  Senator Morrison is a former Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation and familiar with the rules and regulations when it comes to island’s Recreation Water Use Master Plan (RWUMP).

Morrison met with the Agat Mayor, Agat residents and the business owner this morning. “The jetski operator has agreed to relocate to an area that is less disruptive and in compliance with the the RWUMP rules and regulation. I have to credit the jetski operator for being open and amenable to the concerns of the Agat community, ” Morrison said.