At 6pm this evening, members of the 30th Guam Legislature passed Bill No. 178-30 granting full approval to the Port Authority of Guam'sMaster Plan. Senators spent much of the week discussing the measure that calls for more than 200 million dollars worth of upgrades to the 40 year old facility. The General Manage of the Port, Glenn Leon Guerrero said, "I want to thank the senators for their debate, concern and positive action on this legislation."
However, Senators Matt Rector and Vice Speaker BJ Cruz did not vote for the bill. The Vice Speaker said "as chairman of the committe on tourism, I could not support a master plan that gave such short shrift to the cruise line component of the port. I understand that we want take care of the marines, but we also have an industry that has been the economic engine of our community for the last 40-years and I cannot see just ignoring the need of the tourism industry by saying you can share your building with the fishery because it is never going to happen." Cruz added "that really disappoints me that they didnt do more to care for tourism and the fishing industry that have been with us for the last forty years take care of the community. The master plan should have done more for that." Fellow Democrat, Senator Matt Rector told KUAM, "I dont think the bill had enough protections in it for the people of Guam. We tried to put in good ammendments to make sure the people were protected from corruption and usury and out and out blatant theivery."