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State has yet to release new rules cracking down on beach revetments

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN VASTAG
                                The state approved emergency sandbags for a stretch of coastline in Kapaa, Kauai. “Burritos” were placed recently on the beach at 950 Niulani Road.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN VASTAG

    The state approved emergency sandbags for a stretch of coastline in Kapaa, Kauai. “Burritos” were placed recently on the beach at 950 Niulani Road.

  • COURTESY PHOTO
                                <strong>“It is really unacceptable to have this wink and a nod, saying, ‘Oh yeah, it is temporary,’ but then not having enforcement to ensure they are removed.”</strong>
                                <strong>David Tarnas</strong>
                                <em>State representative</em>

    COURTESY PHOTO

    “It is really unacceptable to have this wink and a nod, saying, ‘Oh yeah, it is temporary,’ but then not having enforcement to ensure they are removed.”

    David Tarnas

    State representative

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM / OCT. 21
                                Property owners are legally allowed to keep emergency protections in place only temporarily. A tarp covers a section of beach to prevent waves from washing away sand under a Sunset Beach home.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM / OCT. 21

    Property owners are legally allowed to keep emergency protections in place only temporarily. A tarp covers a section of beach to prevent waves from washing away sand under a Sunset Beach home.

The revetments have left Hawaii’s picturesque coastlines littered with sandbags and heavy black tarps. In some cases the barriers completely block public shorelines. Read more

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