Not Saved from Paradise Ranch

SUBHEAD: As often happens, just when you think you have secured access to a public resource, somebody thinks of another way to screw it up.

 By Hope Kallie on 19 January 2011 for Free Larson's Beach -  

Image above: Fence posts installed on alaloa (traditional Hawaiian lateral bech access right of way). From original artical.

We thought we had been saved when Lorna A. Nishimitsu, of the lawfirm representing paradise Ranch wrote the new Chair of the BLNR, Mr. William J. Aila, Jr.
On behalf of Paradise Ranch, LLC, the permittee under the above-referenced permit, it hereby respectfully gives notice that it surrenders Conservation District Use Permit KA-3525. Fencing to curtail its cattle from entering Lepeuli Beach, and the maintenance work that it had desired to continue to maintain areas makai of the pasturage, shall hereafter be restricted to lands located within the State Land Use Agricultural District. No fencing will be installed on, upon or within the Conservation District, and aside from clean-up of debris and trash, no maintenance activities will continue within the Conservation District.
Bruce Laymon, of Paradise Ranch, is a lessee of land owned by Waioli Corporation. after withdrawing the permit application hes is actively preparing to fence in the area of the alaloa. He's said he is planning to remove all the ironwoods and plant grass.

 It's all on the determination of the law firm in determining of where the Agricultural Zone ends and the Conservation District begins. The "victorty" was all smoke. Laymon brushhogged dunes two weeks ago (before the surrender of permit). Pig hunters were shooting this weekend towards the beach. Beach goers were discussing caliber size not wave height. Scary.

Paradise Ranch began installing fenceposts in the middle of the ancient coastal Alaloa on 1/19/11, as part of their cattle pasture expansion project, after surrendering their CDUP for fencing in the Conservation District.Right in the middle of the historc trail.

Many mistakenly believed that Paradise Ranch’s plans for the makai portion were over. Not so. They merely pulled their Conservation District permit and then interpreted where the Conservation District begins and the Ag Zone ends.

Conservation Districts were designed to protect resources. Owners of large properties, like Waoli Corporation, should honor those resources by trying to preserve them, not encouraging and enabling commercial cattle pasture expansion in native coastal plant commutes hosting endangered species.
Write Acting Planning Director Michael Daligdig (as Planning does not let public know email address of its director), or email the Mayor and County Clerk requesting immediate revocation of the paradise Ranch SMA permit.

Planning Director Michael Dahilig
Planning Department  
4444 Rice Street, Suite 473 Lihue, HI 96766 
Phone: (808) 241-4050
Fax: (808) 241-6699

Honorable Bernard Carvalho Mayor of Kauai
4444 Rice Street, Suite 235 Lihue, HI 96766 
 Phone: (808) 241-4900 
 Fax: (808) 241-6877

County Clerk Peter Nakamura County of Kauai
4386 Rice Street, Room 101 Lihue, Hawaii 96766-1819
Phone: (808) 241-4800
Fax: (808) 241-6207

 See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Saved from Paradise Ranch 1/11/11


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