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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           September 1, 2006

Release No. M-95-06

 

 

MAYOR SIGNS WAIKIKI STREET CLOSURES BILL  

AND FIVE OTHER MEASURES

             Mayor Mufi Hannemann signed six bills into law, including Bill 84, CD2, FD2, which limits the number of parades and other street-closing events in Waikiki  to 39 per year.

            “We understand the concerns of some Waikiki residents about the number of street closures in Waikiki,” said Hannemann. “However, many of these events have a long history and are vitally important to our visitor industry, and there are legal considerations including the First Amendment that limit our ability to restrict certain events. I am pleased that our administration was able to forge a workable solution with the community, visitor industry groups, parade sponsors and the City Council.”

            The bill deals primarily with events within the Waikiki special district, the area bounded by Kapahulu Avenue and the Ala Wai Canal.

            The ordinance:

·     Recognizes 14 “legacy” events that have been held in Waikiki for 15 or more consecutive years. As long as they are held annually in Waikiki, they will retain their “grandfathered” status and automatically receive a street use permit. The legacy events include the annual Kamehameha Day Celebration Floral Parade, Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea and Floral Parade, Honolulu Marathon, Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and  Street Bikers United Toys for Tots Caravan.

·     Limits the number of permits that the director of transportation services can issue for other Waikiki parades or street-closing events to 15. If more than 15 applications are received, the permit recipients would probably be decided by lottery.

·     Allows the mayor to grant waivers for as many as 10 events a year, provided each  event  meet certain criteria, such as being culturally or historically significant, recognizes outstanding achievement or significant accomplishment or fosters community spirit or pride.

            The City Department of Transportation Services is drafting rules and regulations to carry out the ordinance, which takes effect on January 1, 2007.

            The mayor also signed:

·     Bill 87 (2004) CD2, which establishes new recycling, reuse, composting and waste diversion goals for the City’s solid waste program, to save landfill space.

·     Bill 38, which requires the City to increase the amount of solid waste it convert to energy by the year 2010.

·     Bill 52, CD2, which establishes a limit on rental fees for the Waikiki Shell or Blaisdell Center by nonprofit groups that take a collection or donation. The rental fee for such groups would be no more than three times the minimum deposit for each performance day.

·     Bill 54, CD1, which removes a requirement for certified copies of state income tax returns from applicants for the City’s real property tax credit. The credit is for titleholders whose combined income is less than $50,000. Qualifying titleholders’ property taxes are capped at 4 percent of their total combined income. The tax credit ordinance initially required applicants to submit a certified copy of their state income tax return. The state Department of Taxation refused to provide certified copies for that purpose.

·     Bill 57, which amends the current fiscal year budget by adding an appropriation for $5 million to be used to guarantee payment for contracting services to the state Department of Taxation’s collection of the half-percent excise tax surcharge for mass transit that takes effect on January 1.

 

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Contact:

            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Friday, September 01, 2006

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