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Neighbors raise concerns about Hawaii island shooting range plan

KAILUA-KONA >> Neighbors’ concerns about noise have slowed the development of a planned public shooting range at Puuanahulu.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has formed a working group to conduct more sound assessments to supplement previous assessments, West Hawaii Today reported. The group is set to hold its first meeting in February and consists of neighbors, stakeholders and representatives from Waikoloa resorts.

The Kohala Coast Resort Association objects to the project, saying its location is unsuitable because noise from shooting during sound tests could be heard at area resorts.

The association, which represents 60 percent of the island’s hotel rooms and vacation rentals, wants other locations to be considered by the state for the project.

The concept of the shooting range was approved in 2007 by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. Initial plans called for releasing a master plan and environmental assessment for the project in early 2013.

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