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Infrastructure development a top priority for Tinian’s new mayor

TINIAN — Infrastructure development is the number one priority of the new mayor, JP San Nicolas, as he vows to revitalize the island’s economy.

San Nicolas told Variety that he is still in the process of transition but he and his staff are already in touch with the Capital Improvement Projects Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Public Works and other agencies so he can find out what projects are ongoing and which should be prioritized.

San Nicolas said he will also meet with other Tinian elected officials to discuss their concerns.

He said his office will work to bring in more direct flights to Tinian, adding that he has already started working with the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

San Nicolas said the Tinian International Airport can accommodate big aircraft for direct commercial flights as well as charter flights.

Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas delivers his inauguration remarks at Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino last week.  Contributed photoMayor Joey P. San Nicolas delivers his inauguration remarks at Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino last week. Contributed photo

“With these goals, we need to get our site in order and that’s where infrastructure will again come in. It’s very important for the development of Tinian,” San Nicolas said.

Infrastructure projects need to be put in place in order to strengthen the tourism industry on Tinian, he added.

“Tourism development goes hand in hand with infrastructure. We want to bring in more tourists, and developers want their tourists to have access to Tinian’s tourist sites,” San Nicolas said.

“We want to share what Tinian has to offer. This is really the gem of the Pacific and it is very accessible. We have the casino industry and we have more potential attractions with more investors coming in. We have a lot to offer, and most of all, we have a leadership that shares the idea of revitalizing Tinian’s economy,” San Nicolas said.

Because he is still in the transition process, he said he and his staff still don’t have a complete picture of the state of the municipal government’s finances but he will find out soon.

San Nicolas said a lot of employees from the previous municipal administration have retained their jobs, but there are already some new employees.