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Zoning Board to conduct hearing on proposed extension of poker-relocation deadline

THE Zoning Board will conduct a hearing on the request of 14 poker-arcade operators for an extension of the deadline to relocate.

The poker arcades are in residential villages. Under the law, they had until Oct. 25, 2017 to move to districts where poker parlors are allowed.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the multi-purpose center starting at 5 p.m.

Based on the law, the following are the areas where poker arcades can relocate: mixed commercial and tourist resort districts on lots abutting Beach Road from Chalan Msgr. Guerrero (Oleai) southward to Afetna Road (San Antonio), within the mixed commercial district on lots abutting Chalan Pale Arnold Road (Middle Road) from Chalan Msgr. Guerrero (Oleai) northward to Commonwealth Drive (north of Taro Sue store).

Poker arcades are allowed in the Beach Road zoning district (from Atkins Kroll northward to YCO Do It Best Hardware), Garapan east (lots bounded by Beach Road, Orchid St., Micro Beach Road, and Chalan Pale Arnold), and the Garapan core (lots bounded by Beach Road, Orchid St., Micro Beach Road, and Coral Tree Avenue).

In addition, poker parlors must be 200 feet away from churches, schools, playgrounds, other poker arcades and Laundromats.

They can operate within the Garapan core, Garapan east, Beach Road, tourist resort or mixed commercial zoning districts provided they are in a hotel with more than 20 rooms.