Dr. Tom Iverson and Dr. John Salas from the University of Guam are here for two days to present the draft economic study on the benefits and costs of the proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument.
Yesterday we met with the Chamber of Commerce, then the Rotary Club, then the Northern Marianas College. We were going to have a public meeting last night, but there was a public meeting on CUC so we decided not to hold one.
Today we started off by going on the Harry Blalock Island Issues radio program and then we met with the Marianas Visitors Authority. In the afternoon we had offered to meet with the legislature, but we never heard back from them. Instead Dr. Salas and Dr. Iverson went up to Capital Hill and met with some of the leaders one on one. I don't think they ever made it over to the legislature.
There will be a public hearing at American Memorial National Park in about 90 minutes. About 50 people showed up for the last public meeting we had. It will be interesting to see how many people show up for this one.
The draft economic study has been reported on TV, radio, and in the newspaper and we've met with over 80 people so far. Reaching the public is never easy, but I think we've done a pretty good job.
If anyone would like a copy of the study, please email me and I'll send you a digital copy.