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North Shore preservation deal brings relief, regret

The victory is tainted by qualms about hasty legislative maneuvers to get the deal done

By Derrick DePledge and Sarah Zoellick

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 02, 2014

~~<p>The state House, swallowing deep misgivings, voted Thursday to give final approval to a bill that would authorize $40 million in state bonds to help preserve 665 acres of bucolic Turtle Bay Resort from future development.</p>
<p>The 48-2 vote was an emphatic endorsement for conservation on Oahu's North Shore, where the country lifestyle and iconic beaches offer an escape from urban Honolulu and draw tourists from around the world. But lawmakers first had to set aside their frustration with a process many believe was rushed and lacked transparency.</p>
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The state House, swallowing deep misgivings, voted Thursday to give final approval to a bill that would authorize $40 million in state bonds to help preserve 665 acres of bucolic Turtle Bay Resort from future development.

The 48-2 vote was an emphatic endorsement for conservation on Oahu's North Shore, where the country lifestyle and iconic beaches offer an escape from urban Honolulu and draw tourists from around the world. But lawmakers first had to set aside their frustration with a process many believe was rushed and lacked transparency. Login for more...



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