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500 Sails to replace damaged tables, benches on Beach Road

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THE Administration for Native Americans, through 500 Sails, will fund the replacement of the damaged concrete picnic tables and benches on Beach Road.

500 Sails co-founder and board secretary/treasurer Emma Perez said after Saipan was hit by Super Typhoon Yutu, ANA wanted to extend its assistance to the community.

“To do that they needed to find a recipient who was an active grantee, so we stepped up and said we want to help our community,” Perez said.

On Tuesday, she met with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Administrator Eli Cabrera to discuss the project to replace the damaged tables and benches on Beach Road.

These pose a danger for people who walk or jog on the Beach Road pathway, the mayor said.

“I want to thank Emma and the ANA for helping the community,” the mayor added.

 

 

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, left, with 500 Sails board president Emma Perez, third left, special assistant to the mayor Henry Hofschneider, second right, CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Administrator Eli Cabrera, third right, Soudelor Corp. president Jun Eslaban, second left, and project supervisor Mikee Guirey, right, at the project site on Beach Road. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

Cabrera also expressed his appreciation to the efforts of 500 Sails in helping to beautify the island.

The application to construct the project has been submitted to his office and 500 Sails can now commence work, he said.

The $30,406 project is expected to be completed on Aug. 30 by Soudelor Corp.

Perez said the three-year ANA grant that 500 Sails received is primarily for building and sailing traditional canoes and has ended.

She said other 500 Sails projects included the replacement of the roof of the Guma Sakman where they conduct classes on Proa sailing, water  and boating safety and cultural programs.

500 Sails also repaired the Carolinian Affairs warehouse and repaired the roof of the canoe utt so that the wooden canoe named “Makaalii Teenager” could be moved inside to protect it from the sun.

In addition, 500 Sails helped cover the costs for a garden of medicinal plants kitchen and built a fire pit at the Indigenous Affairs Office.

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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