A vendor who leases a spot at the two lovers point from the Department of Parks and Recreation is selling fruit drinks made from off-island fruit instead of locally grown fruit despite requirements that fruit drinks at public parks be sold from Guam produce. In addition to this there appears there may be other violations from vendors at this public park.
Guam – “I don’t believe they are abiding by the regulations. There’s supposed to only supposed to be five vendors here at the two lovers point but there are six and not all of their signs are translated into English according to the rules of parks and recs,” said Hyunhi Flot who works for a locally owned fruit drink stand that leases a spot from the Department of Parks and Recreation at the Two Lovers Point. Flot is concerned that there isn’t a level playing field because other vendors aren’t abiding by the rules.
Public law 20-215 established a park vendor permit system that allows up to 5 park vendors in public parks provided that those vendors enhance local culture with the goal of cultural preservation.
There are five stalls at the two lovers point park and one vendor parked on the grass outside of the five stalls making six vendors. One of the five stalls was empty today(Thurs.) but Flot says the vendor simply didn’t show up today because of the weather. Flot is wondering how the sixth vendor called Juice Olics got approved to park on this grassy area.
She’s also wondering how a juice vendor in a stall near her is getting away with advertising in the Korean language without translating it into English as per park rules. “For example if you look at both of their signs it says Korean owned and their sign back here that says iced coffee Americano and the other lady has Korean owner all over the stand,” said Flot.
We spoke to a man named Baik Hongsik who told us his son Taijin owns the stand. Hongsik did not want to give an interview on camera but he accused Flot of being a “liar”. At first Hongsik said everything on the stand was translated into English but when we pointed out the words on the bottom right hand corner of this sign he admitted that it said, “Korean owned” and was not translated into English.
Part of the law that allows these vendors to rent these stalls also requires that the juices they sell comes from locally grown produce. “We have land in Guam they don’t. I’ve always seen Cost-U-Less mangoes delivered to them,” said Flot.
We asked Hongsik whether or not he was getting his fruit from Cost-U-Less. At first, he asked what Cost-U-Less was. Then after further questioning he admitted that he gets his fruit from Cost-U-Less, fruit that is not locally grown.
In addition to this, Flot says that Hongsik’s stand tells Korean tourists not to go to her stand because it’s not Korean owned and Korean made. The stand is owned by local farmer Joaquin Naputi.
“When tourists come to Guam they have to try Guam and since we have all the locally grown produce it’s only fair for them to try not to be deterred from trying our samples and told not to try because it wasn’t Korean owned or Korean made,” said Flot adding, “I just want it to be fair. I just want it to be fair and to follow the rules.”
We reached out to the Department of Parks and Recreation but as of news time DPR officials were not available for comment.