Letter to the Editor for Friday — July 18, 2003

• Do Kauaians want a coastal pathway?

Do Kauaians want a coastal pathway?

Ms. Manea’s viewpoint (GI 7/10) “Coastal pathway will be asset for generations to come” showed sincerity and compassion for what she believes but the facts just don’t support many of her statements.

The cost of paving the old Kealia haul-cane road would be staggering — especially cementing the ocean banks of the path. This path would be used by casual bikers, joggers, walkers, skate boarders, and ADA people creating ideal conditions for accidents and law suits. Maintaining these miles of cement — which NO ONE cares to address — would be monumental. Putting more 20K bulletin boards along this path — like the 3 in Lydgate Park would be more of a waste of our tax dollars.

Ms. Manea’s claim that this path will increase real estate values — what real estate — McCloskey’s Kealia Kai? Concerned citizens and the Council led by Gary Hooser fought McCloskey for months to keep them from privatizing Donkey Beach for their multi-million dollar development. The 60 acres of cane-haul road they “gifted” the county was in an SMA area which McCloskey simply unloaded as a tax burden. And with our infrastructure in terrible shape and our roads at gridlock capacity why would we encourage more tourists to come here until we fix these problems?

Please, Ms. Manea, you and other proponents of this path need to look at the real world picture of what this project will cost and get out of that dream world trying to convince us that it is a priority and we NEED it. Serious bikers will never use it anymore than they did the existing coastal path built in 1988 that is still there.

Maybe The Garden Island would be good enough to take a poll and ask a cross-section of the people of Kaua‘i if they want this path knowing what the true cost will be building it AND maintaining it.

Glenn Mickens



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