SAIPAN – Secretary of Lands and Natural Resources Anthony T. Benavente has announced the closure of the Outer Cove Marina or OCM on Sept. 30, 2019 due to safety concerns and for rehabilitation efforts to improve the site for future public use.

Following recommendations by the Office of the Public Auditor and the Department of Public Works, Secretary Benavente noted that the entirety of the OCM and all existing agreements will be terminated until further notice.

Secretary Benavente expressed that after the closure of OCM, assessment and planning for the marina’s rehabilitation will begin.

“We want to ensure the safety and security of the tenants, operators, agents, and the general public by closing down the marina as DLNR moves forward on rehabilitation efforts. We ask for the community’s patience as we improve one of our island’s most popular sites to better accommodate events for the public,” said Secretary Benavente.