In it’s present form, Bill 11 will prevent ALL COMMERCIAL activity in Kailua Beach Park. This will NOT reduce the number of kayaks in the park, on the beach or on Flat Is. or the Mokulua Islands, as it will not reduce the number of kayaks sent out by the company across the street from the park, which does 80% of the kayak rentals in Kailua. It Will: Put at least 3 other Kailua companies out of business(and their 30 workers out of jobs) AND turn that one kayak company near the beach into a monopoly, making them even bigger!!!
There is a better way ! But it won’t happen if the current version of Bill 11 passes on April 18. We must first
1) Tell the Parks committee to vote “NO” on the current version of Bill 11, then
2) Amend it so it WILL reduce the commercial activities in the park without creating a monopoly and putting a 30 year old company in Kailua out of business. This can be done by, among other things – banning tour busses in the park, enforcing current laws which will prevent the present illegal activities from continuing, and creating a small number of permits which allow kayaks rented in town to be dropped off beside the canal – which keeps delivery vehicles and customer vehicles outside the park, gives new kayakers calm water to learn in before negotiating the shore break, and directs kayakers to the legal launch zone at the canal mouth.