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Buoys dividing ocean users set to be replaced by state

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> Several years ago the state set up seven buoys at Ala Moana Beach to prevent collisions between swimmers and stand-up paddlers. Today there are six buoys left. The one closest to Magic Island disappeared over a year ago. A few months ago the one in the center was moved to the Ewa end about 10 yards from the one that was already there, so now there is no middle buoy and two next to each other at the Ewa end. Why? And why was the middle buoy moved? It was a visual landmark for swimmers who tried to avoid the stand-up paddlers. I have asked the lifeguards and paddleboard vendors, and they do not know why. I called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and explained the situation, but they have not responded.</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> It was probably your call that alerted the department to the situation.</p>
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Question: Several years ago the state set up seven buoys at Ala Moana Beach to prevent collisions between swimmers and stand-up paddlers. Today there are six buoys left. The one closest to Magic Island disappeared over a year ago. A few months ago the one in the center was moved to the Ewa end about 10 yards from the one that was already there, so now there is no middle buoy and two next to each other at the Ewa end. Why? And why was the middle buoy moved? It was a visual landmark for swimmers who tried to avoid the stand-up paddlers. I have asked the lifeguards and paddleboard vendors, and they do not know why. I called the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and explained the situation, but they have not responded.

Answer: It was probably your call that alerted the department to the situation. Login for more...



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