In the Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands, Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited has reportedly been granted permission to open its long-awaited $500 million Imperial Pacific Resort And Hotel Saipan facility provided that it can first satisfy a number of conditions previously laid out by the territory’s Commonwealth Casino Commission.
According to a report from the local Marianas Variety newspaper, Edward Deleon Guerrero, Executive Director for the Commonwealth Casino Commission, met with representatives from Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited on Wednesday and approved the start of gaming operations at the new Saipan venue so long as the operator had completed a series of “requested information and listed tasks” formulated by the regulator on May 26.
“The Chairman and Executive Director for the Commonwealth Casino Commission are authorized to issue the approval to go live when Imperial Pacific International [Holdings Limited] satisfies the May 26 listing of deficiencies and pending matters,” read a statement from Guerrero.
In addition, the newspaper reported that Joseph Reyes, Vice-Chairman for the Commonwealth Casino Commission, had recently held discussions with other government permitting agencies regarding the Hong Kong-based operator’s ability to satisfy a number of requirements stipulated by the United States Occupational Safety And Health Administration. Except for minor issues that are currently being resolved, he allegedly explained that the operator still needs to address these concerns before being allowed to inaugurate the Imperial Pacific Resort And Hotel Saipan.
“The ball is in their court now, so to speak,” Reyes told the Marianas Variety.
The Marianas Variety reported that these tasks include certification for the Imperial Pacific Resort And Hotel Saipan’s fire alarm system while Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited has also been asked to engage an independent consultant or employ a full-time team to confirm its compliance with all local and federal safety requirements.
Moreover, the operator has reportedly been asked to submit written plans detailing the steps it is taking to ensure that all of those working on the integrated casino resort project are legal and make certain that contractors are complying with local and federal workers’ compensation, labor and immigration laws.
The newspaper reported that Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited has additionally been asked to ensure that the opening of the Imperial Pacific Resort And Hotel Saipan will not violate any major laws and properly designate parking spaces previously approved by the local zoning board.
Finally, the Marianas Variety reported that the operator is to be required to clean and remove debris from the construction site and officially agree in writing to indemnity provisions listed in the conditional occupancy permit previously issued by the American territory’s Department Of Public Works.