FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2002
MAYOR COMMENTS ON BODYBOARDING MEET CONTROVERSY
Mayor Jeremy Harris today met with the Director of Parks and Recreation William Balfour to thoroughly review the process used to award dates for various surfing and body boarding meets on Oahu’s North Shore. Although the Mayor was displeased with the process used, he was satisfied that the all of the rules and regulations for selection were followed, and therefore it would not be appropriate to change the schedule.
He firmly believes that the City should accommodate and support events that contribute to sports tourism; especially water sports where Hawaii’s people excel and where its ocean venues can be showcased. Therefore, he will move the responsibility for scheduling such events to the City’s Office of Economic Development. With this in mind, the City administration will begin the process of drafting new rules and regulations for future competitions and go out for public comment in the near future.
Mayor Harris commented, "Our goal is to immediately start to work on next year's schedule with promoters of all water sports events so that the City can support and promote competitive surfing, body boarding and body surfing events to expand sports tourism in Hawaii."