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MVA to continue maintaining Grotto

ALTHOUGH the Marianas Visitors Authority is not in charge of the Grotto, it will continue to maintain it, MVA vice chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh said.

While MVA may be facing a budget constraint, Cavanagh said the agency will not cut the funding for maintenance and security at the Grotto.

MVA also wants to address the “overcrowding” at the Grotto but it can only make recommendations to the government entity that is responsible for the area — the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Cavanagh said.

Collecting fees or regulating the visiting hours at the Grotto “is not our call,” she said, but added that MVA supports such proposals.

In an earlier report, DLNR Secretary Anthony T. Benavente said they have already fenced a portion of the area in Grotto to regulate the visitors’ entry.

Last year, the MVA board approved measures that would enhance Grotto to ensure the cleanliness of the area and the safety of visitors.

These included repairing the pavilion, the water tank, the chain link fence as well as the Grotto stairs and railing.