Lack of Fire Permit, Lack of Authorization Letter from Governor, Delay Start of Gambling at Liberation Carnival

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Guam -The Liberation Carnival held a soft opening last night [Wednesday], but the gambling operations, which were supposed to open up, did not.

Sinajana Vice-Mayor Robert Hoffman said that 2 issues prevented the gambling operations for opening.

First, the Governor has yet to issue an authorization letter to allow the gambling. The Governor is on record saying he would allow gambling at this year’s Liberation Carnival for the first time in more than 8 years.

Vice-Mayor Hoffman told PNC News that there is no reason to believe that the Governor has changed his mind. He has a meeting at the Governor’s Office this afternoon at 4pm at which he said he expects the Mayor’s Council will be issued the gambling authorization letter from the Governor.

The second cause for the delay in opening the gambling operations was the Guam Fire Department’s decision not to issue a fire permit.

Vice-Mayor Hoffman says that fire inspectors last night [Wednesday] cited the operators of the gambling hut at the Paseo for having expired fire extinguishers on the premises and because of a safety concern with the doors to the gambling hut.

However, Guam Fire Spokesman Captain Andy Arceo told PNC News today that both issues have been resolved and that a fire permit has now been issued.