1 year later, residents happy with commercial activity ban at Windward Oahu beaches

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Many who frequent Kailua Beach say they’ve noticed a difference and like the change.  While one local business owner says he’s suffering.

Since July 2012, beachgoers say they’ve seen a difference at Kailua Beach Park.

“Its nicer on the beach cause now you’re able to lie out and not be trampled over by all the tourists,” Kailua resident Liana Whitford said.

“My observation is that it’s a little bit less crowded,” Kailua resident Gina Beck said.

The bill went into effect July 1, 2012 banning all commercial activities at Kailua and Kalama beach parks.

City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson introduced the bill and says since it passed he’s received a lot of phone calls about its success.

“From what I’m hearing from the community members, the commercial activity ban at Kailua Beach Park and Kalama Beach Park has largely been successful and the community at large does notice a significant change and it’s a positive one,” Honolulu City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson said.

Anderson says he’s noticed more parking and beach space for the community since the bill’s passage.

Andre and Karen Farci from Oregon say they don’t mind the ban.

“I think it’s a good idea whatever is ecofriendly is whats best for this area,” Visiting from Oregon Karen Farci said.

“This is great we do not mind perfectly fine with us,” Visiting from Oregon Andre Farci said.

Though, not everyone agrees with the bill.

Local business owner Bob Twogood who owns Twogood Kayaks in Kailua says he’s seen an 80-percent drop in business.

And, he’s had to lay off half of his staff.

“Obviously, there are some businesses that would appreciate the opportunity to be able to revisit the total ban of commercial activities And again, that’s something we can do, provided that’s what the community wants,” Anderson said.

But, some residents say the ban has ignited a different problem.

“Now that the buses can’t come its more pedestrians so its more bikers and people walking in the road. It’s just a different type of problem like now we don’t have the buses coming in but there’s more people in the way and gonna get hit,” Whitford said.

“The commercial activity ban at Kailua and Kalama Beach Park apply seven days a week. And the only way that I could ever see that changing is if the community, at a later time, wants to consider allowing certain commercial activities,” Anderson said.

The city says this ban only applies to Kailua and Kalama Beach Parks and they don’t have any intention of banning commercial activities at other beaches.

Ordinance 12-25 Bill (2011), CD1, FD1 (PDF)
SECTION 2. Section 10-1.1, Revised Ordinances of Honolulu 1990 is amended by adding new definitions of “commercial activity” and “recreational stops” to read as follows: “Commercial activity” means a use or purpose designed for profit, which includes but is not limited to the exchange or buying and selling of commodities; the providing of services relating to or connected with trade, traffic or commerce in general; any activity performed by the commercial operator or its employees or agents in connection with the delivery of such commodities or services; and the soliciting of business, including the display or distribution of notices, business cards, or advertisements for commercial promotional purposes. The use of land for utilities, and the use of the premises and facilities for official canoe regattas, shall not be considered a commercial activity.”

“Recreational stops” means the use of city beach parks by commercial tour companies for activities that may include, but are not limited to, sightseeing, spectating, picture taking, beach combing, swimming, and eating of prepared picnic lunches.”

Ordinance 12-28 Bill 11 (2012), CD1 (PDF)
SECTION 2. Section 10-1 .2 Revised Ordinances of Honolulu 1990 (“Park rules and regulations”) is amended by amending subsection (h) to read as follows: “(h) Commercial activities, including recreational stops by tour companies, shall not be allowed at any time at Kailua Beach Park and Kalama Beach [Park for any period of time from 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through 6:30 a.m. on Mondays,] Park, except as otherwise provided in this chapter for commercial filming activities.”

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