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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2003

 

 

MAYOR SIGNS ORDINANCE AGAINST PEDDLING IN CHINATOWN

            Mayor Jeremy Harris signed a new ordinance today to preserve the ambience and safety of Downtown Chinatown by prohibiting peddlers at Kekaulike Mall, the College Walk and SunYat Sen Mall.

            The new law authorizes, under certain circumstances, only Chinatown merchants to peddle on a specified portion of a sidewalk or mall that abuts their stores.  Other peddlers would face citation or arrest and fines up to $1,000 and/or 30 days imprisonment, depending on the number of repeated offenses.

             “Unlicensed peddlers were unfairly taking business away from Chinatown merchants and causing congestion on the mall and sidewalks, creating a safety hazard for pedestrians,” said Mayor Harris. “The new ordinance is fair and resolves the situation while still retaining the ambience, traditions and charm of this special area.”

             The ordinance became effective upon the Mayor’s approval.  It also bans peddling on sidewalks around Honolulu Hale and the Honolulu Municipal Building, and within City parks and beaches, unless the City grants a concession, permit or license.

 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

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