President Bush is set to declare the fate of the proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument tomorrow (Tuesday Jan. 6) at the White House, according to Friends of the Monument.I leave for DC in about 30 minutes. I am excited to be going to the White House and I am happy the monument, although smaller than we asked for, is something that our local leaders are happy with. Comments on the Saipan Blogosphere claim that Governor Fitial and John Joyner were able to negotiate conditions that are amenable to them and the rest of our politicians.
The group, the most ardent supporters of the project in the CNMI, was invited to attend the ceremony.
In a statement to media yesterday, Friends of the Monument said they expect Bush to issue his important remarks on conservation and environment and that they are optimistic that the President will approve the proposal.
John Gourley also had a letter to the editor, his final swipe at a monument now supported by the political establishment and the majority of the people in the Marianas.