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Don't postpone Turtle Bay bill


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 01, 2014

~~<p>Using an abundance of caution is what taxpayers expect of their lawmakers, especially when something like $40 million is at stake. But they also have the right to demand timely decision-making to secure a deal that's in the long-term public interest.</p>
<p>That's what's at stake with the vote, anticipated to be taken Thursday, on the bill to fund the state's portion of the conservation easement limiting the expansion of Turtle Bay Resort. Negotiations involving the developer, a private land trust and city and state officials to preserve 665 acres, including the pristine Kawela Bay, concluded mid-session, which meant the rush was on to secure the $40 million the state tentatively promised in the deal.</p>
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Using an abundance of caution is what taxpayers expect of their lawmakers, especially when something like $40 million is at stake. But they also have the right to demand timely decision-making to secure a deal that's in the long-term public interest.

That's what's at stake with the vote, anticipated to be taken Thursday, on the bill to fund the state's portion of the conservation easement limiting the expansion of Turtle Bay Resort. Negotiations involving the developer, a private land trust and city and state officials to preserve 665 acres, including the pristine Kawela Bay, concluded mid-session, which meant the rush was on to secure the $40 million the state tentatively promised in the deal. Login for more...



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