by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Residents living at the Agana Beach Condominium aren't too happy about their next door neighbor. Jae Ji and Coconut Cove are constructing a beach bar and restaurant right next to the condominium and residents are outraged and are protesting the company's application for a liquor license. Some are even threatening to move out if the bar opens.
The condominium's homeowners association president, Dr. Larry Kasperbauer, says the bar is not only built poorly on ancient burial grounds, but it will generate unwanted traffic and noise for the residents. "We think that number one something needs to be done about this kind of establishment coming in right next to a residential without any input or opportunity for the residents to say their peace about it," he told KUAM News.
"It's not right. If there's a loophole It, it needs to be plugged legislatively right away."
Public Works Acting Director Carl Dominguez confirms a stop work order was issued yesterday because the company was performing work that was not disclosed in the original plans and the raised patio is too close to the condo property line. Dominguez says DPW also has concerns about needing more accurate information on the building permit that was approved for the bar.
The owner can either contest or comply with the stop work order and have a re-inspection before they can proceed with any further construction of the bar.
Ji meanwhile tells KUAM News he will comply with DPW's concerns and intends to be a good neighbor, despite the condo residents' concerns.