Guam - While most residents were enjoying family time at Matapang Beach in Tumon today, Department of Parks and Recreation officials continue to warn them of falling coconuts in the area. According to parks maintenance worker Dan Romulo, he's been asking for help for the past six months when it comes to getting rid of these coconuts, but nothing has been done.
He has even gone as far as placing caution tape around several trees, telling KUAM News, "Right now, I just did this yesterday because some people almost got hit. And I have no choice but to call my administrator Mike Cura, who said we can't do anything at this time. So I said, 'OK, I want to talk to the mayor of Tamuning, who can help me. He told me that he can do something next week where we can use a bucket truck and use our money to use it."
Beachgoer Laurie Manibusan says her family was putting together a birthday party for her son, and a coconut fell right next to her child. "Anybody who gets hit on the head by the coconut tree can fracture their skull especially with little children. People like to stand near the tree because of the shade. They don't realize they're standing underneath a coconut tree that is ready to fall. So obviously there is a hazard here," she said.
In the meantime, Romolu says if anyone wants to help, you can see him directly during the daytime at the Matapang Beach.