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Tinian senators not thrilled by divert airfield announcement

TINIAN’S senators were not too happy with the military’s recent announcement that it has chosen the island for its divert airfield, saying they need to see first how it will benefit the people.

Senate President Frank Borja, Sens. Jude Hofschneider and Frank Cruz in an interview said they also need to discuss the issue with the rest of the Tinian leadership.

Frank Borja

Borja said they want to see what kind of infrastructure the   military will build and whether it will help ensure the island’s development.

Hofschneider said over the years, since the divert proposal was first placed on the table for discussion, there have been substantive changes to the plan.

“So we need to know what is in store for us in that plan and what kind of economic benefits Tinian will get from it,” he said, adding that the island is also on the verge of “development,” referring to investors who plan to build golf courses and resorts.

The Tinian leadership, he added, wants to know how the military activity will affect the island’s investment projects.

He said the divert airfield is only one of the many issues with the military that need clarification and immediate attention.

“It’s too early to further comment, but we will look into it and discuss it thoroughly,” Hofschneider said.

Cruz, for his part, said “we need to discuss this issue with the full leadership as we need to know what is really the intention and the plan. My main concern is the welfare of the people, our economy, the water resources and if they are going to help us with our airport facility, the runway. So we need to see first the benefits of having it on Tinian.”