Survey to Preserve Public Access

SUBHEAD: Suggest lands or access for Kauai to acquire under Preservation Fund. Complete on-line survey by August 15. 

By Linda Pascatore on 22 July 2010 for Island Breath -
Image above: View towards ocean from Kawaihau Trail to Kapaa. Photo by Kimo Rosen. A possible site for consideration. 
The County of Kauai’s Public Access, Open Space & Natural Resources Preservation Fund Commission is asking the public to make suggestions for lands or property entitlements (like access ways) that the County should consider for purchase or to otherwise acquire as part of the County’s Open Space Program (pursuant to Chapter 6, Article 14 of the County of Kauai Charter). Suggestions are due no later than 8/15/2010. 

A separate form must be submitted for each site suggested. You can either print out the form or fill out the online form on the following web page: To qualify for purchase or acquisition using the Open Space Fund, sites suggested must meet at least one of the following purposes:
  • Outdoor recreation/education, including access to beaches and mountains.
  • Preservation of historically or culturally important lands and sites.
  • Protection of significant habitats or ecosystems, including buffer zones.
  • Preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas and agricultural lands.
  • Protection of watershed lands to preserve water quality and water supply.
  • Conservation of land in order to reduce erosion, floods, landslides and runoff.
  • Improve public access to, and enjoyment of, public land.
  • Acquire public access to public land and open space.
The Open Space Commission was created in 2003 by the County Council following an overwhelming vote by Kaua‘i residents to establish the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund in the 2002 elections. The fund receives one-half of one percent of the County’s annual real property tax revenues. Last year, the County Council approved the use of $1.85 million from the Open Space fund for the acquisition of a parcel on Hanalei Bay for the expansion of Black Pot Beach Park. 

This allotment, plus $800,000 from the Legacy Lands Acquisition Fund recently released by Gov. Linda Lingle to the Kaua'i Public Land Trust and $350,000 from the Special Trust Fund for Parks and Playgrounds will go towards this purchase.

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