No to parasailingTo the Forum:

Re: Opposition to South Shore Kaua’i offshore parasail areas.

This letter

Is sent In strong opposition to the proposed amendment that would allow

parasailing.

A few reasons for my opposition are as follows and are listed

in no particular sequence of importance.

1. In evidence at one public

meeting there was only one person, the applicant, in favor of this proposed

amendment. His place of business, residence and financial capability to

undertake such an operation was not disclosed.

2. The applicant stated the

Lawa’i Beach Resort was in favor of the proposal. No documentation of this

evidence was presented. Councilman James Tokioka stated that the current

General Manager of the Lawa’i Beach Resort and also President of the Po’ipu

Beach Resort Association, Henry Perez, were opposed to the concept.

3.Why

should the state permit dangerous boating activities along Kaua’i shores, which

would increase the county’s liability and costs, when the county can not

currently protect shoreline controlled by the state? Will the state or

applicant provide funding sufficient to pay for additional monitoring,

enforcement and safety?

4.Will the proposed amendment close the area during

the endangered Green Sea Turtle birthing cycle from approximately June through

September?

5. What additional native species (monk seal, bottom fish etc.)

will be disturbed? This is the only remaining area in the Hawaiian Islands

where bottom fishing is still economic. How many jobs will be lost if the

bottom fishing is lost? Dr. Don Heacock’s input should be obtained and

documented.

6. What will be the affect on surfing? Surfing shops and beach

wear contributes significantly to our island economy.

7.What is the written

definition of a parasail craft? Will this amendment open the area to Jet Skis

pulling a parasail? A parasail is something in the air – not a boat in the

water!

8.Why is an environmental report not required when there is such

potential pollution/disturbance to the known and unknown natural

habitat/environment?

9.What noise levels will be permitted, or not

permitted?

Lawrence Chaffin, Jr., FAIA

Hawai’i Architect No.

8459

Koloa

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