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Kauai Council to Finalize Shoreline Setback this Week

Shoreline Setback Bill heading to Kauai Council.

As global warming becomes more and more of a reality facing each of us in our lives and our communities, here in Kauai as with all of the islands, the notion of sea level rising, which it is, will continue to have an effect on our shorelines and on each counties rules and regulations about such.

The Kauai county council completed hearing from state experts last week and with drafgt legislation heading to the floor Tuesday, Nov. 20, council members are expecting approve a final version of the bill by day's end. The proposed ordinance is designed to protect coastal developments while ensurig greater public beach access. Critical points in the bill are both the minimum setback and the erosion rate multiplier.

Former mayor and now councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura is strongly in favor of a 40-foot minimum setback plus 70 times the annual coastal erosion rate - as recommended in the Hawai`i Coastal Hazard Mitigration Guidebook. Other council persons are lobbying for a lower erosion rate multiplier citing the need for more evidence of the erosion through photographs and historical documentation. The guidebook was written by Dolan Eversole, a U of H geologist and Dennis Hwang, an affiliate faculty member. According to the guidebook, the ocean is slowly swallowing the Hawaiian islands.

Currently Maui has a 25-foot shoreline setback and a 50-year times erosion rate policy in place. If Kauai choose the so-called "70/40" rule, it will create one of the nation's strongest setback laws and "would be a model for others to follow".

To order the 242-page guidebook, CLICK HERE

You can view aerial photos of the island of Kauai as it relates to this subject by CLICKING HERE

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 3 commentsRonnie Margolis • November 19 2007 09:50AM


Hi Ronnie,  You have raised a real issue about the rising sea levels.   There are a couple of guys at the University of Hawaii who have put together a great dog and pony show on the subject as it impacts Hawaii.  If you have an audience for they, bet they would come to Kaui to talk with you.  Call Chris Conger at 808-587-0049 if you are interested.  Jerry
Posted by Kai Lani, RE/MAX (RE/MAX Kai Lani) almost 13 years ago
Are these the two guys who i mentioned in the post that wrote the guidebook or is it somebody else?
Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) almost 13 years ago
Ronnie, these are different guys but they may work together.   We had Chris and his colleague speak at a regional Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR) meeting and it was really well received.   Jerry
Posted by Kai Lani, RE/MAX (RE/MAX Kai Lani) almost 13 years ago