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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              July 25, 2012




(July 25, 2012)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today vetoed Bill 11, which would extend the weekend ban on commercial activities at Kailua and Kalama beach parks to weekdays.


“Regardless of how much a total ban at Kailua and Kalama beach parks might make good sense, I am concerned that allowing this bill to become law will make it harder to refuse other neighborhoods wishing to do the same down the road,” Carlisle said. “The better approach is to work on rules island-wide and the Department of Parks and Recreation is doing this now.”


The City Council approved Bill 11 on July 11 by a vote of seven to two, and based on that margin, Carlisle said the Council will likely override his veto.


“I understand and in fact concur with some of the reasons Council members had for passing this bill and some of the reasons why they may not be changing their votes now,” he said. “I am concerned, however, that this may be one of those ‘be careful what you wish for’ situations where efforts to circumvent a total ban might intensify rather than resolve the problem.”


Even if the Council overrides the mayor’s veto, the administration will follow the law, Carlisle said, pledging to involve the Corporation Counsel, the Police Department, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the Department of Parks and Recreation in resolving enforcement issues that arise.




Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.