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Kauai sports center would cost more than $45 million

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Apr 01, 2013

LIHUE >> A consultant says a proposed sports complex on Kauai would cost more than $45 million.

The Garden Island says on top of the initial cost, there would be annual maintenance fees of $380,000 for the proposed Waimea Sports Complex.

Project consultants presented their findings last week to the Kauai County Council. Plans for the sports center include facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, football and basketball.

The project received mixed reaction from council members. Some were concerned that a single project would cost nearly the same as the county’s entire proposed budget for capital improvement projects in fiscal year 2014.

However, others saw it as an opportunity to promote health, tourism and business.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
A "Kaui" sports center? I guess we have a new island. Maybe "Kaui" will welcome a Superferry.
on April 1,2013 | 10:40AM
Sunny wrote:
In addition there will be the cost to maintain the facilities.
on April 1,2013 | 12:02PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Probably could have been cheaper if Superferry could have hauled over laborers, materials and equipment.
on April 1,2013 | 12:10PM
primo1 wrote:
That's for sure. I bet all the "kamaaina" who were blocking the Superferry in harbor weren't thinking along those lines.
on April 1,2013 | 01:08PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Actually, those "kamaaina" will be the ones protesting the sports complex too. Look at the stated benefits noted in the article ("opportunity to promote health, tourism and business). Those things the "kamaaina" loathe or completely disagree with. They will bring in the invasive species (tourists and the dreaded new resident of the island), poorer health (it's not hiking so it ain't healthy), and business (which means the building of buildings and things which is bad because where the buildings will be someone could have hiked). And here's the BIG kickers. Build a sports complex, and two things will happen. First, there will be lights (or at least more of them) and the birds don't like light. Second, with sports come people from OAHU! Baaaaaaaad. Sports baaaaaad becaue = Oahu people.
on April 1,2013 | 02:22PM
localguy wrote:
So much for that idea. Oh, out of the $45 million cost, $5 million will cover all the actual construction cost. The extra $40 million is for kickbacks, sweetheart deals, bribes, under the table cash envelopes, and other ways taxpayer's money is wasted in the Nei. This is what we do.
on April 1,2013 | 12:11PM
allie wrote:
yup...silly idea. Kauai itself is a little silly frankly
on April 1,2013 | 01:15PM
false wrote:
A more central location would be better.
on April 1,2013 | 01:35PM
cojef wrote:
Build a new Stadium, the rusting bucket of bolts is gonna fall one of these days.
on April 1,2013 | 02:42PM
Wiggs wrote:
A centrally located site closer to Lihue would make more sense since Waimea is a 30 to 60 mile drive for most people who live on Kauai. The travel time alone would make this inconvenient for most people on Kauai and there are limited accomodations (hotels, motels, etc.) in the area for visitors. It would be a total bust. The county should stick to maintaining the facilities they currently have, which they're not doing a good job of. This is just another attempt by our politicians to do a money grab from taxpayers for bribes and kickbacks to their supporters.
on April 2,2013 | 06:20AM
Antymaka wrote:
Don't get the Superferry issues confused with Kauai having a sports complex!
on April 1,2013 | 04:45PM
onlyaloha wrote:
Let the private market determine if Kauai can sustain a sports complex.
on April 1,2013 | 05:26PM
Wiggs wrote:
I am in total agreement. Kauai cannot even maintain what facilities they currently have. It's a bad joke and the joke will be on us, the taxpayers, if this project is approved.
on April 2,2013 | 05:51AM