The controversial “House of Cards” structure at the Liberation carnival grounds at the Paseo will be torn down.
Mayors Council of Guam President and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57 that the House of Cards structure will be removed to enable the Department of Parks and Recreation to make use of the space.
Savares said the organizations that were using the structure before the Liberation carnival, such as the Hurao Academy, will no longer be allowed to use the House of Cards space or structure.
She said the MCOG is just giving the various organizations that used the structure enough time to remove their things before it will be torn down.
The mayor added that the organizations have already been informed that they won’t be able to use the structure even for storage purposes.
Department of Parks and Recreation director Richard Ibanez also called in, confirming that DPR will be taking over the space to increase the area available for recreational activities.
Ibanez added that the trash in the carnival grounds area has already been cleared with the help of the Mayors Council of Guam.
The House of Cards became controversial after it became a symbol of the debate over whether to allow gambling in the Liberation carnival.
There is no indication whether the decision to tear down the structure means that the Mayors Council will no longer allow gambling in next year’s Liberation carnival.
Savares did say in a previous interview that she was personally in favor of bringing back gambling next year.
The Mayors Council has also been considering transferring the venue of the annual Liberation carnival.