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Kaneohe Bay sandbar going dry Saturday


  • 2012 September 2 CTY - Kaneohe Sandbar - People went out to the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay with their boats to enjoy a Sunday. HSA photo by Bruce Asato
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The state land department reminds boaters and other recreational users that an alcohol ban at the sandbar in Kaneohe Bay will take effect Saturday and will be enforced through Monday during this year’s Memorial Day weekend.

The liquor ban during three-day weekends first took affect last yeat year, following the death of a 26-year-old man who was involved in a fight at Heeia Kea Small Boat Harbor two years ago. It prohibits the possession, use or consumption of alcohol; loud, abusive or disorderly conduct; the presence of persons under the influence of alcohol; and narcotics or non-prescription drugs. 

The new rule establishes a rectangular safety zone in the middle of Kaneohe Bay that is just over a square mile in area, comprising the majority of the sandbar and defined by six marker buoys. Provisions of the rule are meant to protect the public while visiting Ahu o Laka on three designated holiday weekends during the summer — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, including any three-day weekend associated with these holidays. 

Violators may be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 or $50 for each violation, in addition to administrative fines, fees, costs and damages. 

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