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Maui County declines Lahaina street closure on Halloween

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LAHAINA, Maui — Some Lahaina business owners are unhappy about a decision not to close a major street to cars and trucks during this year’s Halloween celebration.

The Maui News reports that county officials have turned down a request to close a section of Front Street on Oct. 31.

The Lahaina Town Action Committee and West Maui Community Association had requested the closure as sort of a compromise to assure a large turnout, while still allowing police to control the crowds of people who flock to the event.

But Maui County spokeswoman Mahina Martin says planners had to decline the request because the application was incomplete and didn’t address community concerns.

Business owners say in previous years, the Halloween party was one of the most profitable nights of the year.

But critics had complained that some revelers had gotten out of hand.

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