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Six years, and no new sports complex?

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - While things are moving forward at the Dededo Sports Complex, it was several years ago a bill became law that would have allowed for the construction of an outdoor multi-purpose sports complex in Mangilao.  But with almost a half-decade that's come and gone, even till this day no dirt has been turned.

It was then-senator Lou Leon Guerrero who in the 27th Guam Legislature introduced legislation that would have allowed for the construction of a multi-sports complex, similar to the one in Dededo, at the University of Guam.  Governor Felix Camacho vetoed the bill for technical reasons but it was later override by senators.

"I know that it was passed in 2004 and now its 2010 and I think the government should really take this and run with it again, so that we can better improve the quality of life for our children in our community," said Leon Guerrero.

Leon Guerrero says the measure would have also benefited the businesses that participated in the construction by providing tax credits of up to $1 million. Committee chair on Parks and Recreation Senator Tina Muna-Barnes who co-authored the bill also raises questions, as she has been asking the governor for a list of candidates for the Parks and Rec Commission for the past few months. She's concerned that the details for the UOG project remain in limbo at the Governor's Office.

"The rules and regulations are up there and this is one reason why we need a commission together so that we can look at these at this perspective and move forward with what has already become law," said Muna Barnes.

However, Acting Governor Mike Cruz says he is unaware of the UOG Sports Project, and could only agree that something needs to be done.  "I think any measure that endeavors to provide health and fitness for our people wherever it, whether it universally or in the village, is something that we should not only support but something we should applaud very loudly. The short answer to that is that that's something we definitely need to consider," he said.

Meanwhile, Miller Football League director Joe McDonald is hoping to get the participation from the community as he feels there's a need for the facility.  "We're interested in circulating a petition that will get some signatures to help push the issue to get this promulgated, and lights would be a reality at UOG sports complex for football, soccer, rugby," he said.

The UOG Board of Regents Physical Facilities Subcommittee also discussed the matter late this afternoon, and say will they continue to work on moving the project forward.

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