Public hearing on sunshine markets

LIHUE – The Office of Economic Development is announcing that a public hearing is set for Feb. 24 on proposed amendments to the Sunshine Market rules for the County of Kaua‘i.

The public hearing will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, Exhibit Hall A, located at 4191 Hardy Street in Lihue.

Proposed amendments include:

• Adding additional products allowed to be sold at the Sunshine Markets including red meat and white meat raised on a farmer’s property, certified mushrooms, fowl eggs, in season legally obtained shellfish, in season legally obtained whole fish caught from local water, and live farm raised fish grown by Kaua‘i farmers

• Changing the definition of Agricultural Produce/Products

• Adding language requiring the provision of copies of drivers licenses and vehicle insurance each time renewed by the Sunshine Market vendors

• Requiring number of farmers/vendor signatures needed for petition of rules change from thirty to fifty

• Requiring display of Sunshine Market permits and price lists at vendor stalls, and

• Minor non-substantive changes in formatting and language.

All interested persons who wish to present their testimony or comments on changes may do so at the public hearing on Feb. 24. Written testimony or comments on changes prior to the hearing may be submitted to the Office of Economic Development by mail, facsimile, or via email to tmhaumea@kauai.gov no later than 2 p.m. on Feb. 24.

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