Letters for June 12, 2016
Too many delays with Coco Palms demolition
With the apparent funding in place and the OK given to start demolition, what is the hold-up? I am personally tired of the runaround, delays and promises made with absolutely nothing happening for over three years since the original permits expired.
Extensions have been given, no work has started. Funding has been provided, no work has started. When will this charade stop? Will someone in power please verify full funding of the project and hold the developers responsible for fulfilling their obligations and adhering to all timelines? If this can’t be provided by the developers at this time, pull the permits or enact fines for the continued delays.
I understand that the developers have a right to develop the property as permitted, but I feel enough is enough and I believe many residents feel the same way.
Clearly a conflict with draft EIS
The EIS for the Hawaii Dairy Farms was released Wednesday. I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this over the coming weeks and months. I have many significant issues with the data contained in the report; however, the very first thing that pops up is that the person (and the company) in charge of creating the entire plan for the dairy, Jeff Overton of Group 70 International, is the very same person and company in charge of creating this EIS.
How can one company both create the dairy’s master plan and also be in charge of objectively evaluating the plan they themselves have created? That’s like me sending my kid to college and also being in charge of that schools’ admissions — I’d be pretty biased in favor of my own kid, yeah?
How can something as critical to Kauai’s unique ecosystem be handed off to the very same people who developed the master plan? How can they possibly critique their own proposal in an objective manner? The answer is simple: They can’t.
I am happy to know there’s another EIS being done by Friends of Mahaulepu that should at least be more objective since they’re not being paid for by the same bosses that run the dairy.
Our island is carefully watching — if our leaders try and play games by accepting a proposal that is inherently flawed and biased, the voters will remember it each time they smell the manure from this dairy.