Mayor Savares hopes to open drive-thru Dededo flea market Saturday

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Some of the island's farmers expressed their concerns about not being able to make ends meet and not having a way to sell their excess produce because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

With thousands of pounds of crops from local farmers ready to be picked, Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares is requesting the Joint Information Center to allow for the partial reopening of the village’s flea market.

This request comes after some of the island’s farmers expressed their concerns about not being able to make ends meet by not having a way to sell their excess produce.

Mayor Savares told K57’s Patti Arroyo that if approved, the flea market would use a drive-thru process as a precaution against COVID-19.

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“We’re not allowing social gatherings. It’s going to be a drive-thru process. We’ll separate the vendors 10 spaces away from each other so they’re not all over the compound. That way, the cars can have ample space to go to the next one,” Savares said.

The partial reopening of the Dededo flea market is planned for this Saturday from 6 am to 9 am. In addition, Farm to Table, a nonprofit group, will have a drive-thru farmer’s market at the Dededo Co-op on Thursdays during April from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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