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Beach Access on Kauai

Community groups rally 'round Beach Access

Rachel Gehrlein reported in the Garden Island paper earlier last month about a protest held on Feb. 2, to raise awareness about the loss of beach and shoreline access throughout the state.

In 1995, The Hawai`i Supreme Court decided that all beaches in Hawai`i were open to the public and cannot be privately owned. More than 20 community groups including Surfrider Foundation spread around the island to protest access. Each access point has its own story whether it's lack of parking, gated paths, warning signs, or impending development.

Kauai now has the strongest coastal protection in the state after the County Council revised the setback ordinance in December of '07. The ordinance mandates a 40-foot minimum setback plus 70 times the annual coastal erosion rate as suggested in the Hawai`i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook.

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

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • March 15 2008 02:00PM