People who use any of Hawai‘i’s small boat harbors, offshore moorings, landings or wharfs will have a chance to comment on new proposed fees and rules at a series of five public hearings to be held around the state in early March. The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) which manages 16 harbors and other facilities last increased fees for utilities and facility use nearly 25 years ago. Fees for moorings last increased seven years ago.
The amendments to fees and rules is an effort by DOBOR to align small boat harbor and boating facility fees with current market rates. Proposed fees hikes include those for moorings, utilities, facility-usage, storage, ramp and commercial permit fees. More than 10,000 boaters were informed of the proposed increases and were asked for comments and feedback.
We spoke to a long-time harbor resident who says he doesn’t mind the increase as long as the funds are used properly.
“To even consider a rate hike, without the whole marina, just being up in arms about it. And not seeing it come in with specified capital improvements, like this is what we’ll do with these rate hikes. There are people that are going to lose their boats. The DLNR has probably 40 boats right now,
that they’ve confiscated and are going to have to auction off, and that number is going to go,” said harbor resident, Tim Cook.
At the public meetings people can present their views either orally or in writing. Meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Hawai‘i Island-March 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 74-500 Puohulihuli Street, Kailua-Kona
- Hawai‘i Island-March 7, 2019 from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at Hilo State Office Building Conference Room, 75 Aupuni Street, Hilo
- Kaua‘i-March 9, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahele Middle School, 4431 Nunou Street, Lihue
- Maui-March 6, 2019 from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Velma McWayne Santos Community Center, 395 Waena Street, Wailuku
- O‘ahu-March 2, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Aiea Elementary School Cafeteria, 99-370 Moanalua Road, Aiea
Meeting locations are disability accessible and anyone with special needs should call Clifford Inn at (808) 587-1972 at least one week prior to a meeting.
The proposed rule amendments can be viewed online at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/draft-rules or view them in person from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at any DOBOR district office on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, Maui or Kaua‘i.