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Pressure mounts on city's leasing program

The arrest of a concession contractor raises concerns about oversight and the loss of revenue from fees

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

~~<p>A city leasing program is coming under fire &mdash; and some increased scrutiny &mdash; after a concessionaire with contracts at two major parks was recently arrested in an alleged real estate scheme.</p>
<p>Questions about how the program screens its applicants and manages its multimillion-dollar assets began surfacing this month with the arrest of 38-year-old Sakara Blackwell, president of Optimum Marketing and Management Corp., the company that holds long-term city contracts to run the Barefoot Beach Cafe at Kapiolani Park and the concession stand at the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach Park.</p>
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A city leasing program is coming under fire — and some increased scrutiny — after a concessionaire with contracts at two major parks was recently arrested in an alleged real estate scheme.

Questions about how the program screens its applicants and manages its multimillion-dollar assets began surfacing this month with the arrest of 38-year-old Sakara Blackwell, president of Optimum Marketing and Management Corp., the company that holds long-term city contracts to run the Barefoot Beach Cafe at Kapiolani Park and the concession stand at the Diamond Head end of Ala Moana Beach Park. Login for more...



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