County wasting money on seawall

I can’t understand why the county and the Planning Commission can’t tell the taxpayer the truth about the planning of the $5 million seawall in front of the Wailua Golf Course. Do we really have to spend $5 million that this county does not have to save two golf holes and maybe a driving range?

If any of the County Commissioners would walk the two miles from Lydgate Park to the Outrigger Hotel on a regular basis, they would find out that the water only got close to the green line once in 15 years. The water threatened the driving range aluminum fence. That’s why one of the poles is lower than the rest. The county promptly found rip rap from discarded concrete and piling from the harbor and other debris to fill in the void, and it did not cost much and the ocean did not get close again since that time.

If the county funds the seawall, it is wasting the taxpayers’ $5 million. And what about all the property owners that were denied permits when their land was really going out to sea? If I were one of those landowners, I would take on the county in court, since it was arbitrary and capricious in granting permits to save its own golf holes that are not threatened by erosion.

There must be more to it. What is it that makes the county want to put in a mile of seawall along our beachfront?

I see more eroding from the course runoff and four-wheel drivers that decimate the ground foliage along the beach. It was my understanding that the county put in a claim to Federal Emergency Management Agency of over $180,000 for the purpose of replanting vegetation that Hurricane Iniki supposedly washed out.

Why was this money not used for replanting? Where is the money? Shouldn’t it be given back if we don’t use it? These are some of the questions the taxpayer would like to see answers to from the county.

It is amazing how the county can pursue such a venture with such a relentless doggedness and not care about the shoreline management rules that are in place today.

Hans Hellriegel, Wailua


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