A beach ban for businesses on beaches on Oahu’s windward coast was vetoed by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle Wednesday.
Carlisle held a press conference announcing his decision to veto the Honolulu City Council approved Bill 11, which would shut down commercial activities in Kailua and Kalama beach parks seven days a week.
A previous law is already on the books that limits business activity in those beaches to weekdays only.
In a statement, Carlisle said he worried the ban was too broad and would set a precedent for other neighborhoods and beach parks around Oahu. He said a “better approach” would be to work on rules that would apply to the entire island, something the Department of Parks and Recreation is doing now.
“I understand and in fact concur with some of the reasons Council members had for passing this bill and some of the reasons why they may not be changing their votes now,” he said. “I am concerned, however, that this may be one of those ‘be careful what you wish for’ situations where efforts to circumvent a total ban might intensify rather than resolve the problem.”
Bill 11 has gotten a lot of play in the local media. It received even more attention last week when Bob Twogood, owner of Twogood Kayaks Hawaii, Inc. in Kailua hosed down supporters of the bill who were protesting outside of his shop.
(Here’s a link to one of Twogood’s supporters defending him in Civil Beat’s Community Voices forum.)
That’s enough to override a veto, which Carlisle said will likely happen. The City Council only needs six votes to override a veto.
It should be noted, however, that when Bill 11 was passed some council members who voted yes did so with reservations. Those council members include Chair Ernie Martin, Nestor Garcia and Stanley Chang.
Council Member Ikaika Anderson, who represents Kailua, is the sponsor of Bill 11.
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