Path not ecologically sound
I’d like to express my opinion about the proposed extension of the bike path through Wailua — right on the shore!
No!! It should go through Coconut Marketplace and Papaloa Road, not makai of the resorts. Hasn’t anyone noticed all the erosion already happening in front of Pono Kai – it’s almost up to the path. And in front of the Coco Palms site is another flood zone and wash-out waiting to happen. Just a matter of time.
As far as I’ve been informed, the Fed money for these paths was originally designated for “transportation”, not “recreation. It is not ecologically sound to place a roadway (12 feet across!) right next to the world’s biggest ocean – when climate change is the total threat of the planet.
No one benefits
I’m shocked to hear the proposal for a bike path in front of three established existing resorts (oceanfront) is still kicking around. Once again, Thomas Noyes is getting a huge salary to promote something nobody wants, except him. I think after all the pavement already devoted to the path that tourists have plenty of walking/biking options along the shore. No one living or staying at these oceanfront resorts will benefit from a stream of cyclists and pedestrians passing just feet from their doors at all hours o the day and night. I will never understand why Thomas Noyes is so determined to pave our entire Eastside shoreline. And no one finds out about it until it is too late.
Imperative that we get this right
I am very concerned about the section of the bike path fronting Kaua‘i Coast Resort and Islander On The Beach. I think it defies common sense, and is very ill advised to lay a 12 ft wide strip of cement, literally on top of a very delicate coastal ecosystem that is already suffering from higher tides and erosion to begin with.
Also, the other very serious problem is the safety and liability issues that will result from putting such a large path in this small high traffic tourist destination area. With fast moving bicycle traffic so close to the resorts you would have to put in cross walks and traffic lights to make it even nearly safe for all the visiting adults and keiki.
I think any fair-minded person would agree that the narrow distance between the ocean and both Kaua‘i Coast Resort, and Islander On The Beach will not accommodate the path without having serious safety issues and detrimental impact on this delicate coastal area.
It should be noted, that the path already being completed along the ocean north of Kaua‘i Coast Resort is more than twice the distance from the ocean as what’s proposed in this area.
I believe that the only safe and responsible way to accommodate mother nature, keep everyone safe and protect this section of shoreline, is to reroute the path, and turn it at the northern property line of Kaua‘i Coast Resort, back to the street and take it behind the Coconut Market Place, where it can reconnect with its original route on Papaloa Road.
I think all would agree the Coconut MarketPlace with restaurants, shopping and restrooms would be a welcome enhancement to the path.
With all due respect, I can’t believe the people that do such a great job taking care of this island are okay with the currently proposed path. I hope everyone sees for the future good of the island it’s absolutely imperative we get this right.
Warren Lee Dungan
Mauka side much better option
This is pertaining to the section of the Multi-Use Path, now planned to go on the makai side of the two older resorts: Islander on the Beach and Kaua‘i Coast Resort at the Beachboy.
Concerning the amount of erosion already happening along this fragile narrow stretch of land, I am in favor of re-routing the Multi-Use Path to the mauka side of these two resorts, that were-grandfathered in, since already built, from the new Setback Ordinance. How is it that a new 12 ft. wide solid concrete path would be allowed to be built within this new Setback Ordinance?
Isn’t this an Island wide ordinance? I feel it would also be an unsafe situation and possibly create a future lawsuit at taxpayers’ expense, should an accident happen from a keiki running across the path from one of these two resorts’ lanais, being such a narrow strip of land to get to the beach. Let’s get it right this time and re-route it mauka side to avoid this happening.
Rerouting path will help business
Being born and raised on Kaua‘i, and have worked for the City and County of Kaua‘i road division 41.5 years, finally retiring as a Kapa‘a district road overseer. I also worked at Kaua‘i Sands next door to IOB for 10 years and in my spare time I would time along the coastline and have seen the difference of shore line erosion occurring in front of IOB and Kaua‘i Coast Resort.
I think it would be crazy putting a twelve foot multi use path between the shore line in this section of narrow grass area so close to the already eroding shore line.
It would also be a danger to keiki and adults crossing back and forth from the building to the beach which could cause injury and liability to our tax payers.
I feel that rerouting the path from north of the Kaua‘i Coast Resort at the Beach Boy and on the mauka side of both the Kaua‘i Coast Resort at the Beach Boy and the Islander On The Beach connecting to Papaloa road, in which would-also help to financially revive the shops at the coconut market place would only make sense.
Put bike path somewhere else
Aloha – as an owner at the Islander on the Beach resort, I would like to express my opposition to the proposed bike path route through the IOB property. As mentioned by the Board of Directors, the proposed area floods when heavy rains. Please see attached for a photo.
In addition, the proposed path between the IOB and Kauai Shores is very narrow and will adversely impact the IOB owners adjacent.
The County should locate the bike path away from the IOB.