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Hurricane Iniki bill to help Coco Palms developer

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

The Kauai County Council voted 6-1 Wednesday to approve a bill that provides a two-year deferral on the measure that would repeal an expedited permit process for structures damaged by Hurricane Iniki. 

The Council's vote on Bill 2502 gives developer Coco Palms Hui LLC more time to work with the county in hopes of restoring the long-shuttered Coco Palms Resort. 

Councilman Gary Hooser was the lone dissenting vote on the bill.

Developers want to restore Coco Palms under the Iniki ordinance that helps expedite permits. The group intends to purchase the property from Maryland-based Petrie Ross Ventures and said it is confident it can secure financing and start construction. 

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cojef wrote:
Grew up near this place when it was owned by the Hills family and when it was a coconut farm. Skinny dipped just a few steps from the Fern Grotto to pick litchi at the 2 branches of the Wailua River.
on December 18,2013 | 04:33PM
whs1966 wrote:
Demolish this wreck of a complex & turn the land into a park.
on December 18,2013 | 06:37PM
localguy wrote:
Not a bad idea. And where is the money to do this work and maintain the park coming from? Taxpayers?
on December 18,2013 | 08:19PM
kamika wrote:
I'm glad that the County Council (at least most of them) provided this last chance effort to the developers to breath some life into the Coco Palms Hotel. I grew up and work next door to the resort and have many fond memories. I still see and speak with many past visitors who hold great memories from the hotel as well and they always share some hope of the hotel being renovated and redone so that they can enjoy the "aloha" that was experienced in the past. Best wishes to the developers in making this happen.
on December 18,2013 | 08:58PM
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