Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

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Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Brian F. » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:59 pm

I was asked to pass this on to fishermen and fishergals:
City Councilman Tom Berg of District 1 (Ewa Beach to Kaena Pt) is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the resolution he has introduced to the City Council. The resolution is to open up City parks in West Oahu for fishermen's access at night. Presently, most parks are closed from 10 pm to 5 am: No parking is allowed in parking lots and fishermen are asked to leave, many times even if they are on the beach.

What: Town Hall Meeting by Councilman Tom Berg, District 1
Where: Ewa Beach Park (at end of Fort Weaver Rd, before Iroquois Pt/Puuloa Firing Range)
When: This Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time: 12 noon to 3 pm
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Re: Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Brian F. » Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:42 pm

Good news and bad news:

Good news is that the discussion from the town hall meetiing seemed to be very positive.

Bad news is that there were very few fishermen there to speak about the importance of keeping access open for night fishing along park shorelines.

The person relaying this has been fighting very hard to impress upon our governmental agencies and their leaders about how our access to fishing grounds has been increasingly denied over the years. He points out that fishermen have shared the ocean with aloha with every new user to come into the shoreline environment - surfers, kayakers, divers, jetskiers, canoe paddlers, suntanners, bathers, even the homeless, and on and on. Fishermen just keep moving over and over to keep out of everyone's way. Now, he points out, the only time that we can do our thing to keep out of everyone's way is at night. And now, fishing at night that has been taken away. He was baffled as to why no one else seems concerned enough to help. If everyone thinks someone else will do this for them for much longer, there may be more bad news to share.
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Re: Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Brian F. » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:50 pm

Just learned of this (and thank you Summer K.):

FW: TESTIMONY NEEDED FOR LEEWARD COAST BILLS

From: Councilman Tom Berg [mailto:tberg@honolulu.gov]

Night Fishing Access Resolution Hearing- August 30, 2011

NIGHT FISHING ACCESS - CITY PARKS.

Councilman Tom Berg introduced Reso 11-239 being heard by the Parks and Culture and Arts Committee on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. See AGENDA. The Administration and Council needs your input to work out the details of how to accomplish the needs of fisherman versus the general public decision to close parks at night as well as providing access.

RESOLUTION 11-239 – Resolution supporting the after-hours use of City parks by fishermen for shoreline access at certain parks on the Leeward Coast of Oahu.

FOR ACTION

ITEM 3. RESOLUTION 11-239 – AFTER-HOURS USE OF CITY PARKS BY FISHERMEN. Resolution supporting the after-hours use of City parks by fishermen for shoreline access at certain parks on the Leeward Coast of Oahu.

Please send in your testimony to:

Councilman Tom Berg | Honolulu Hale | 530 S. King Street | Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
TEL: (808) 768-5001 | FAX: (808) 768-5011 | E-MAIL: tberg@honolulu.gov
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Re: Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Brian F. » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:22 pm

Some good news is that the resolution introduced by Tom Berg was passed by the City Council in a vote today in which all voted in favor, except one. Will forward further information later.

This is also a video of Saturday's Town Hall Meeting that is pretty long but has a lot of good information: Danny Chamizo about Oneula Beach Park access, Uncle Henry Chang-Wo on loss of freshwater and it's effects on Ewa shorelines, and Mr. Lee on Haseko Development

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cr5jYbA5GM
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Re: Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Bamboo Man » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:31 am

Who was the one that didn't vote in favor? Hope it wasn't mine.

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Re: Town Hall Mtg to Open Up Leeward City Parks

Post by Brian F. » Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:59 pm

Unfortunately, the bad news is that a full Council vote was held last week Friday and, although it was only a resolution, it was unanimously voted "No". Apparently, the police department was able to persuade and change the vote of even the committee members that voted yes previously. According to one of the fellows active in this issue that knows the background, the Nanakuli Neighborhood Board initially closed the County parks in their area at night to help the City do something about the homeless situation. They did so with the understanding that they would again open up the parks after they were "cleaned up". The fisherman told the board members that once you close it off, it's not going to be opened up again. He was right because not even the Neighborhood Board cannot open up the parks. Now, the Neighborhood Board is upset that even fishermen from their community cannot access the beach safely at night (ie. at Nakatani, fishermen are told they have to park across Farrington Highway, one of the most dangerous roads in the Sate). He feels that more and more rights and freedoms are being taken away from the larger population because of a few that break the law and the inability of our County and society to control them. It certainly seems true that only the law abiding citizen appears to suffer the most. Remember, coming to a park near you!
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