SAIPAN — The Department of Public Lands will propose to double the Managaha landing fee from $5 to $10, DPL Secretary Marianne Concepcion-Teregeyo told the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday. The fee is collected from each tourist who visits Managaha. 

“We’re still in the draft form,” she said, and the new rule will also have to be published first in the Commonwealth Register.

In her remarks, Concepcion-Teregeyo said DPL still accommodates overnight campers on Managaha, but they are required to submit an application form. The form can be downloaded online at http://www.dpl.gov.mp

DPL wants to know who are camping on Managaha so they can be notified “if there are any issues like vandalism or safety concerns like there’s a tsunami.”

She said Managaha is still under the current concessionaire, Tasi Tours. Two other companies submitted bids for the concession: Triple J and U-Top. Tasi Tours did not submit a bid.

The evaluation team selected Triple J, but the company later withdrew its proposal, citing difficulty in acquiring liability insurance for the Managaha operation, DPL said.

DPL then awarded the Managaha concession to U-Top, but there will be no actual agreement until the Office of the Attorney General signs it.

Once the AG’s office finalizes the agreement, DPL will inform Tasi Tours so it can ensure a smooth transition, Concepcion-Teregeyo said.