GVB to go after negligent Tumon property owners

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The Guam Visitors Bureau is planning to talk to what it calls “negligent” property owners in Tumon who have stopped developing or completely abandoned their properties.

According to GVB chairman Sonny Ada, these properties are now being used by the homeless and have become eyesores in the island’s primary tourist district.

“This has been an ongoing situation for years with no resolve. I will continue to look for action updates from time to time, until there is a resolution by negligent property owners and the relocation of the homeless to proper living arrangements, or by direction of this board to take this issue off GVB’s plate,” Ada said during GVB’s board meeting Thursday afternoon.

Sam Shinohara, a member of GVB’s destination management committee, said the homeless population is “sequestering themselves” in abandoned buildings.

More importantly, Shinohara said these neglected properties and facilities are not being adequately maintained up to existing codes.

“And that certainly needs to be addressed as well because that’s certainly just as big a problem for us to deal with,” Shinohara said.

Shinohara said he will also bring this issue up with Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio’s homeless task force.

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