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Hearing to be held on revoking permits to restore Coco Palms

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:42 p.m. HST, Feb 12, 2013

The Kauai Planning Commission approved a request by the planning director to initiate a contested case hearing against the property owner of the historic Coco Palms Resort to revoke permits to restore and renovate the hotel.

A hearing officer is scheduled to hear the case on March 28. If granted, the hearing officer will provide a recommendation to the planning commission to revoke the permits issued to Coco Palms Ventures LLC.

The company will be served with an order to show cause as to why the permit should not be revoked, modified or amended. Phillip Ross, president of Petri Ross Ventures, based in Annapolis, Md., which has owned the resort since 2006, could not be reached for comment.

On Jan. 29, county Planning Director Michael Dahilig filed a petition to revoke permits issued to Coco Palms Ventures LLC.

The commission had granted the owner a three-year extension in April 2009 to complete the renovation project by Jan. 25, 2013, but the hotel remains closed and in disrepair.

Several permits for the project were first issued to the owner in 2005.

Coco Palms shut down after it was damaged by Hurricane Iniki in September 1992.

The resort gained recognition as the filming site for “Blue Hawaii” starring Elvis Presley.

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