Save Sharks Cove Alliance

1,413 supporters

Save Sharks Cove Alliance is a grassroots alliance of community organizations, non-profits, and individuals concerned about protecting Sharks Cove, the jewel of north shore O'ahu, from the impacts of commercial development.

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Petitioning Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu City Council, Department of Planning and Permitting

Save Sharks Cove from Commercial Development!

The North Shore of O’ahu is a global treasure. Our community has been blessed with an incredible number of unique and priceless environmental features. Among these are the fragile coastal ecosystem comprised of Sharks Cove, Pūpūkea Beach Park, and the surrounding Marine Life Conservation District. Sharks Cove and the adjacent Pūpūkea Beach Park are now threatened by a proposed 3-acre, $18 million commercial development including numerous buildings, a food truck "cluster" and a sprawling parking lot.  Shockingly, this tourist trap was approved (rubber stamped) by the Honolulu City Council in November 2018 despite years of community opposition, illegal activities, flaunting of regulations, and a history of over $100,000 in fines! The community believes that the City Council's decision was rushed and illegal, creating a tourist trap instead of a sustainable, rural community center that primarily serves local residents. The current development adversely impacts public trust resources such as marine life, water quality, and public recreation, and the proposed development will generate more traffic, pollution, light, and noise. For years, the project owners have been allowed to avoid public accountability, and the City has not carried out its required due diligence that is essential to protect the health of the community and the health of the affected marine ecosystems. Save Sharks Cove Alliance has filed a state court lawsuit to challenge the City's approvals of this ill-advised commercial development project. This lawsuit is a last resort, because residents feel that they have no other recourse. WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, RESPECTFULLY ASK the City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the Department of Planning and Permitting, and the City Council to ensure our constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by enforcing existing environmental, permitting, and food safety laws and subjecting any proposed development to the appropriate high standards through a rigorous review process including a proper assessment of cumulative impacts, traffic impacts, and impacts to our fragile ecosystem with monitoring, reporting and community accountability.

Save Sharks Cove Alliance
1,413 supporters