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Council overrides veto, bans commercial activity at Kailua Beach

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The City Council voted 7-2 this afternoon to override Mayor Peter Carlisle’s veto of a bill banning all commercial activity at Kailua Beach Park. 

Carlisle vetoed Bill 11 (2012) on July 26, arguing that most of the business conducted at the popular beach park there is already illegal under a separate measure that became law on July 1 and the bill would go too far in setting a precedent.

The Council first passed the measure 7-2 on July 11. Windward area Councilman Ikaika Anderson introduced  the bill, arguing that it is necessary to save the tranquil nature of what was once a neighborhood park.

A majority of the Kailua residents testifying for the bill said that the park is overrun by kayak rentals and other commercial interests. 

Opposition to the bill was led by kayak rental companies and others who do business on the beach.

Bill 11’s commercial activity ban also applies to Kalama Beach nearby.

Only members Romy Cachola and Breene Harimoto opposed the override.

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