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Security zones will make sea off-limits

The Coast Guard cites ocean areas to be closed for the APEC summit

By Rob Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 p.m. HST, Oct 20, 2011

Swimmers, surfers and boaters will be banned from some parts of the ocean during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next month, according to preliminary security plans released Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tom Swenarton found out Thursday that under the preliminary plans his boat will be locked in at F Dock at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.

"That's totally horrible," he said. "I need to take my boat out whenever I need to take it out. I'm a free person."

Swenarton uses his boat to catch fish that he sells, and says he might lose money because of the closure.


» To review or comment on the security zones, visit www.regulations.gov and look up docket USCG-2011-0800.

The Coast Guard identified four security zones off the south and west sides of Oahu and opened a 10-day public comment period, ending Oct. 17. Officials will use the comments to review the security plans before issuing a final version of the security zones about two weeks before the APEC meeting, said Coast Guard Lt. Gene Maestas.

The four water zones where movement will be restricted are in Ko Olina and Waikiki.

The Ko Olina offshore zone is a rectangle along the shoreline extending 1,500 yards into the ocean and will be enforced from late Nov. 12 to late Nov. 13. The zone does not include the entrance of Barbers Point Harbor Channel or the four lagoons adjacent to Ko Olina Resort.

The western Waikiki zone will be enforced from late Nov. 9 to late Nov. 16. It includes the waters in a rectangle along the shoreline fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Fort DeRussy. Swimmers and surfers will not be allowed into the water in that area, the Coast Guard said. The lagoon next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village is not part of the security zone.

The eastern Waikiki zone runs along the Sheraton Waikiki and the Outrigger Waikiki shoreline. It will be in effect on Nov. 12.

The fourth zone, the Ala Wai Harbor and Canal zone, stretches up the Ala Wai Canal to about 15 yards beyond the McCully Street bridge. It also comprises the inner basin at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, including the Harbor working docks, the Front Row along Holomoana Avenue, the loading dock, G Dock, F Dock, the 400 Row, the south face of X Dock and D Dock.

Maestas said the Coast Guard has been going boat to boat over the past month and visiting businesses to inform them of the impact of the security zones.

"We don't want this to disrupt boaters' daily routines," he said. "Most of those people understand there might be a disruption getting in and out of the harbor, but they certainly understand it's for a good reason."

Boaters in the proposed security zone at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor will be allowed onto their vessels after passing through a screening process, but they will not be able to sail in or out the harbor, Maestas said. He didn't disclose further details of the screening process for security reasons. Those who don't have a slip or mooring in the harbor likely won't be allowed in, he said.

Some people at the harbor said they heard people will only be allowed into the parking lot after being screened, but the Coast Guard said its security zone will be only over the water.

Patrick Farley, captain of the 44-foot sailboat Liaison, said he planned to deliver the boat from the 400 row to Mexico on a 30-day trip starting on Nov. 15. He said the crew was flying in, and it might cost them more money to house the crew for a couple of days before they can leave.

"It's an inconvenience," he said.

Melissa Easter, who owns the sailboat Dove, said she's leaving on an island tour and worries that if she has a problem, she might not be able to return to her home port.

"It's just not realistic to keep people out of the water," she said.

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LittleEarl_01 wrote:
First we were told that citizens would be inconvenienced along the freeway corridor during APEC. Now boaters, some who rely on their boats for their livelihood will also be grounded. Insofar as the travel, via freeway, from Waikiki to Ko Olina, I don't understand why "the powers that be" don't ferry those delegates from Waikiki to Ko Olina via helicopter. Taking off from Fort De Russey and landing at Ko Olina would seem like a far better idea than tying up the citizens of Oahu.
on October 7,2011 | 03:30AM
Sunny wrote:
The State should declare a holiday during the APEX conference week for all of us so we don't have to be inconvenienced getting to and from work.
on October 7,2011 | 07:36AM
monjuromosquito wrote:
Not a good idea when over 2,000 Soviet shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles were stolen during the Libya conflicts. In contrast suspicious persons digging holes on the freeways should get cellular reports. If someone wasn't on Mr, Nastie's dartboard he is now. By the way; Military Law is easy to set up on isolated Hawaii.; like WWII.
on October 7,2011 | 10:32AM
manakuke wrote:
APEC comes; boondoggle or Hawaii economic stimulus?
on October 7,2011 | 03:32AM
Wazdat wrote:
what good reason is that ? to protect who from what ?. This conference is going to turn out being a HUGE waste of taxpayer money.
on October 7,2011 | 05:03AM
SLA wrote:
Disrupting drivers, pilots, boaters and swimmers.. May I ask for what? This conference is of no benefit to the average Hawaiian and will actually reduce regular tourism in November. With that reduction comes fewer tours, fewer restaurant patrons, less gift shop revenue and so on.
on October 7,2011 | 05:23AM
Louie wrote:
Maybe there are fears that APEC attendees will try to swim in these zones but be mistaken by regular folks as sharks.
on October 7,2011 | 05:46AM
bender wrote:
I think they are going a little overboard with all the security measures. We fell all over ourselves in an attempt to lure this conference to Hawaii. Perhaps if the average citizen knew of all the impositions that came with it, they would have told our state leaders to forget it and let APEC go elsewhere.
on October 7,2011 | 05:53AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Doesnʻt sound like that big a deal.
on October 7,2011 | 06:26AM
kennysmith wrote:
i my self if a person want to go into the water they will be told to get out for whar?, it is not like the usa is in a war with any one that is comeing to hi in nov?, i don't like the idea.
on October 7,2011 | 07:07AM
Bdpapa wrote:
The protesters that usually follow these events are violent. They come in and incite the local following and then run and hide when there is any sign of trouble. Generally, they donʻt like to come here because it is difficult to get out of Hawaii. Most of these inciters are known and would be detained. That is why when they go to other parts of the U.S. or of the world, they choose spots where various modes of exit travel is availible. They do create a threat to the general public and should be taken seriously.
on October 7,2011 | 08:02AM
pwebb wrote:
This is what happens when amateurs are put in charge of security. A junior Coast Guard officer took a Sharpie and drew lines, and now hundreds of folks can't swim, surf, or boat because somehow a surfer poses a security threat to someone. Unless the APEC folks are planning to hold their sessions in the break at Kaisers and are worried about irate locals skegging them, the whole thing is just dumb. No boats on the Ala Wai between the Ala Wai Blvd and McCully bridges--fine, makes sense. Otherwise, it's all much ado about nothing.
on October 7,2011 | 08:54AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You are wrong to blame the Coast Guard. The US Secret Service is in charge of security while the heads of state are here. The Coast Guard is not acting on its own; it is getting is guidance from the Secret Service.
on October 7,2011 | 09:46AM
quint34 wrote:
State should use this extra money they say they will earn to reimburse businesses who lose money as a result. Also to send homeless back to the mainland for a vacation. With winter coming we will be seeing another wave of transplanted homeless. Fasi would get a front loader and send every thing on the side walk to the dump. the next morning. State has to be on board because the will find a strip of no enforcement and move there.
on October 7,2011 | 08:58AM
1local wrote:
State already spent the money. HPD is on OT DOT is paying out OT to get their nonsense projects completed to provide the 'illusion of hawaii. Se all the squandered money on the Nimitz corridor. HPD is drooling over all the OT they will be receiving...
on October 7,2011 | 09:12AM
Numilalocal wrote:
Why not invite the world leaders out for surfing lessons and canoe rides? Many of them have lots of sand but not ocean. Or, they sit on their okole talking about fixing things that they are too enmeshed in to really change. They all way to serious and impressed with themselves. A good day of surfing my help put their egos back into perspective - especially if there's a good swell running! The leaders' lack of leadership and complete inability to get together and resolve issues and truly bring people together to face issues that threaten all of us on a global scale is what draws the protesters. I'd protest too if I was in Oahu but they probably wouldn't let me on an airplane during the APEC conference. Economics? The environment will eventually trump our fantasy that money is everything.
on October 7,2011 | 09:09AM
veloperson wrote:
As a regular swimmer/surfer of the Hilton waters to be closed; WHAT THE HELL?!!! This is stupid overkill that unduly infringes on our right to just simply swim or surf, and urge all of you who feel the same will EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE "On The Net" noted in the article (and to others who may have some influence on this matter). Hopefully, if they get enough of our feedback they won't keep us from swimming/surfing there for a week(!). Are they really afraid that we'll have sniper rifles or RPGs hidden in our surf shorts?!!!!
on October 7,2011 | 09:37AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Folks, you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until the heads of state are here on 12 & 13 November and you will understand what I mean. Locals, even workers, will have a difficult time getting into Waikiki or anywhere near an APEC venue. But I am not worried because I plan to be in Japan while APEC is here. Good time to take an out-of-town vacation.
on October 7,2011 | 09:53AM
nitestalker3 wrote:
all of this restriction in the water is nothing new. i remember in the early 1980s when marcos was here and playing golf at hickam. i was diving off the reef runway with another guy in a zodiac. between dives a destroyer showed up, charging right at us and would have run us down if we hadn't immediately started the engine and moved close to the runway. when the destroyer saw us moving toward hickam harbor it moved back out to sea. we had no idea there was a closed area around the hickam/reef runway area. at least people are being warned...and take it as truth or not, these guys get deadly serious if you go into a restricted area even if it's unintentional.
on October 7,2011 | 06:45PM
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