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Many residents favor blanket ban of commercial activity at 2 Kailua beaches

A majority of an estimated 200 people at a meeting at Kailua High School on tonight told City Council members that they want a blanket ban of all commercial activity at the popular Kailua and Kalama beach parks.

Everything from water sports instructional classes to recreational stops by commercial tourist companies would be prohibited by the ban. The only exception would be commercial filming activities.

Enchanted Lake resident Lisa Cates, a lifelong Kailua resident, told the Council Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee that the influx of commercial activity at Kailua Beach Park has reached a tipping point. “The vendors and tour bus activity are incompatible with our infrastructure, our neighborhoods and the true character of our village community,” she said. 

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