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Vendors pay $1,500 annually

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Vendors at the island's parks and tourist attractions could see changes in permit fees. Elsie Geronimo has been operating out of Two Lovers Point for over two decades selling islandwear apparel to tourists.

Geronimo admits business is inconsistent and competitive as there are two similar vendors adjacent to her stand at the popular Dededo tourist attraction. "I'm not selling here everyday. Like I said I come here at 11 and I go home after like three hours. One day I can make $30 sometimes zero; maybe $50 if you make 100 it's very hard," she explained.

Like other compliant vendors, Geronimo pays $1,500 to the Department of Parks and Recreations annually to operate her stand. Due to inconsistent revenue, she's forced to use part of her paycheck from her second job to pay the permit fee. Geronimo works a graveyard shift at the Guam International Airport.

DPR director Pete Calvo says his agency is re-evaluating the permitting process and vendor fees to accommodate residents like Geronimo. "Our fees right now do not differentiate between the carabao vendor and the jetski vendor. So what we're trying to do is structure a fee schedule that will allow for the different activities to be assessed according to the level of the revenue that they would probably generate. And we're hoping to actually reduce our general fee and then allow for that revenue identification to recover whatever may in fact be a higher income activity rather than a lower income activity," he explained.

Calvo hopes to have an economic impact statement conducted by November. The change in fees could also mean more vendors will attain permits, instead of operating illegally.

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