Ridicule chills public comment

o the Forum:It would seem that Randy Weir, as a Board member of Gay &

Robinson, Inc. seeking a permit for his family’s Kapalawai Resort, would be

cautious about publicly ridiculing members of the community who have

reservations about their proposed project. (Forum letter 6/4)

The Kapalawai

Resort project site is zoned open and agricultural. In order to build the

proposed 250 units, it is necessary to apply for a change in zoning. At the

Planning Commission hearing, whose purpose is to provide a means for citizen

input, I and others in the community voiced concerns about the project.

The resort is proposed to be built along one of the last undeveloped

beaches on Kaua`i. Since beaches are a public resource protected by the Hawaii

Revised Statutes we asked for the protection that state law provides for our

coastlines.

By expressing my concerns about their project, I became the

subject of Mr. Weir’s false accusations and insulting remarks. In a democratic

society members of the community must feel free to express their views.

No

member of our community should have to be concerned about retaliation from

developers nor of interrogation at public hearings. Ultimately such actions

have the effect of public censorship through intimidation.

It is hoped

that caring citizens will continue to exercise their right to express their

opinions at public hearings about this or any other project that they believe

compromises the last of Kaua`i’s undeveloped beaches, coastlines and other

places of natural beauty and cultural significance.

Judy Dalton

Lihu’e

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