$20 MILLION GOLF COURSE CONSIDERED FOR TINIAN

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By Jayvee Vallejera Staff Reporter

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (October 16, 2001 – Saipan Tribune)---A proposed 18-hole golf course costing $20 million is now being considered for Tinian.

The Bougainville Resort Corp. submitted a proposal for such a project to the Board of Public Lands.

Sen. Joaquin G. Adriano said officials of the Bougainville Resort Corp. and the Tinian Mayor’s Office met with Office of Public Lands Executive Director Bertha DeLeon Guerrero on Tuesday last week, where the proposal to build the luxurious facility was presented.

"I understand that that proposal is now before the Board of Public Lands," said Adriano. "I talked to the chairman of the BPL and he was very supportive of this project. During their next board meeting, they plan to take this up."

Based on the plan presented, the proposed golf course would occupy a 100-hectare property along the west coast of Tinian, ideally adjacent to the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino.

The second phase in its construction includes the construction of a marina and other facilities, a 300-room hotel and casino, a bowling center, a family adventure playground, and a convention center.

Since CNMI law requires that any project occupying land in excess of five hectares should get a two-thirds approval of both houses of the Legislature, Adriano said the project would also have to be taken up by both chambers.

He expressed optimism, though, that the project will sail smoothly through the House of Representatives and the Senate.

"The Speaker is very supportive of the project and the leadership of the House is also very supportive of this so I don’t expect any hitches when this goes before the Legislature."

This project comes even as the tourism sector is going through a slump brought on by the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mainland. Despite this, Adriano said that Bougainville Resort Corp. is optimistic that the tourism industry will revive soon.

"The Bougainville Resort Corp. anticipates an upswing in the tourism industry upon completion of the project," said Adriano.

Based on a preliminary study made by Bougainville Resort Corp., it was established that there are no luxury housing and retirement housing facilities in the CNMI.

"The anticipated growth and demand in the future sees a shortage of good residential dwelling houses and quality apartments, hotels, resort and golf course facilities," the report said.

In view of this, the Bougainvillea Resort Corp. is being seen as a springboard toward the total redevelopment of Tinian as a tourism destination.

Since it will be very close to the Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino, this would the Bougainville Resort Corp. project a prime destination in the Western Pacific.

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