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stevenbard



Joined: 11 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:13 pm    Post subject: No ban on maui but heads up Reply with quote

Sen. Roz Baker

Thank you, There are thousands of people who were very concerned about this issue. I will post your response on the windsurfing blogs.

Steven Bard


From: "Sen. Roz Baker" <senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov>
Date: 2008/02/15 Fri PM 09:00:49 CST
To: Steven Bard <stevenbard@verizon.net>
Subject: RE: banning windsurfing within 200 feet


Aloha Steven,

Thanks for taking time to write. I am notthe author of the bill. My understanding from talking with the chair of thecommittee, Senator Hee, is that the committee will not be reporting the bill outof committee, effectively killing the bill.

Best regards, Roz

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker
Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee
District 5 -- South and West Maui

From: Steven Bard[mailto:stevenbard@verizon.net]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 20084:58 PM
To: Sen. Roz Baker
Subject: banning windsurfingwithin 200 feet

If you pass this legislation you don't have to worry aboutme sailing within 200 feet, I'll stay 3000 miles away.
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stevenbard



Joined: 11 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a response from Senator Hee. I checked the status and the
committee deferred the matter so it won't be moving.

Thanks for helping to get the word out. Roz

Senator Rosalyn H. Baker
Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee
District 5 -- South and West Maui


-----Original Message-----
From: Sen. Clayton Hee
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 1:44 PM
To: 'Marc A. Lefebvre (US-775)'; testimony
Cc: Sen. Russell Kokubun; Sen. Carol Fukunaga; Sen. Jill Tokuda; Sen.
Paul Whalen; justin.gruenstein@mauicounty.gov;
HseWrittenOnlySBTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov;
HouseRecord@Capitol.hawaii.gov; All Reps; All Senators
Subject: RE: SB2091: Testimony to OPPOSE this measure in COMMITTEE ON
WATER AND LAND

Thank you for your email. I agree with most of your comments and will
ask the members of the committee to not move this measure, introduced by
Senator Les Ihara, forward for further consideration.

Thank you again.

Clayton Hee

-----Original Message-----
From: Marc A. Lefebvre (US-775) [mailto:lefebvre@iwavesolutions.com]
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 1:08 PM
To: testimony
Cc: Sen. Clayton Hee; Sen. Russell Kokubun; Sen. Carol Fukunaga; Sen.
Jill Tokuda; Sen. Paul Whalen; justin.gruenstein@mauicounty.gov;
HseWrittenOnlySBTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov;
HouseRecord@Capitol.hawaii.gov; All Reps; All Senators
Subject: SB2091: Testimony to OPPOSE this measure in COMMITTEE ON WATER
AND LAND

Please register my opposition to SB No 2091 on the ground that it is
unrealistic, unneeded, as well as unenforceable.

A sail boarder who has lost his rig in a wave - quite a common
occurrence -
is now a swimmer. This bill would prohibit other windsurfer to come to
his
or her aid such as checking for injuries or offering a tow to shore.

On sailable days the conditions for swimmers and/or surfers are mostly
not
very favorable. In my many years of sailing the North shore launching
at
Kanaha beach park I have seldom seen any swimmers around my launching
area
at Kanaha beach park and never in the break area. I have encountered an
occasional surfer or paddle boarder and the occasional jet ski and I
have
never witnessed or heard of any close encounters - let alone collisions
-
between swimmers and surfers and sail boarders.

This bill would effectively shutdown one of the MOST popular wave
sailing
spots in the world, Ho'okipa Beach Park, site of many high profile
international competitions as well as the best wave sailing site that
glosses the covers of magazines world wide. The effect of this bill on
the
economics of Maui's northshore would be devastating as well as to one of
Maui's cottage industries where the latest R+D in the sport is done.

Missing from this bill is a statistics of actual or near collisions
between
sail boarders , swimmers or surfers - taken from accident/incident
reports
over several years, a fact that should give pause to the legislature
before
acting upon such an unrealistic and potentially economically destructive
measure. A considerable number of visitors come to Maui specifically
for
its excellent sailing conditions. They will chose other locations if
they
are faced with arbitrary and unrealistic restrictions.

Finally the author of this bill should consider how this rule would be
enforced. How many police officers on water craft would it take on an
average sail day to patrol the sailing areas of the North Shore - just
from
Ho'okipa to Lower Kanaha to observe hundreds of sail boarders in the
water -
many of them in up to mast high + waves - wind blowing at 35 + mph?? If
there are any swimmers out there - "endangered" by high speed sail
boarders
how would they spot them and ensure a measured 200 yard "safety zone" .
How
could they tell a "swimmer" from a sailor who lost his rig ? Surely the
community would be served better if our public parks were better
patrolled
to eliminate drug and alcohol use and dogs running around unleashed and
unattended.

In comparison to the deplorable security situation in many of our parks
the
ocean is a very safe place!

--
Marc A. Lefebvre
327 Ku'ualoha Street
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone: (808)871-1555, Ext 100
Fax: (808)877-6150, Mobile: (808)298-3560
Email: lefebvre@iWaveSolutions.com
WWW: http://www.iWaveSolutions.com/
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isobars



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EXCELLENT letter, Mark.
What make was that sniper rifle? It's dead on with every shot.

Mike \m/
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jeff_bennett64



Joined: 13 Jul 2000
Posts: 72
Location: Maui

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone should be aware that there is a nearly identical bill in the House of Representatives. All I know about it is on the latest blog at www.MauiWindsurfing.net.
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stevenbard



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all the guys and gals who spent their time and money flying to Oahu "last minute" to testify. To all you guys who are in a position to notify us a little earlier, please keep up the good work. We will respond in mass. That video link provided in the message above is very informative!
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geohaye



Joined: 03 Apr 2000
Posts: 1355

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No kidding. The group that flew to Oahu on last-minute notice made a huge impact certainly. Even the item had been "taken off the table" prior to the hearing time. They demanded to be heard anyway, and they were...Wink

Many mahalos to those folks.
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tsokat



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Posts: 326

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the locals went into full on crisis response mode on a moment's notice and were very effective. By the way, what associations are looking out for the interests of windsurfers on Maui? From what I can tell, the PWA and the Maui Boardsailing Association are two key players in addition to the business owners and others in the industry who live on Maui. SOmeone over there needs to be monitoring and lobbying the political scene to the extent that it affects sailors so that appropriate action can be taken on a timely basis. Would the Maui Boardsailing Association be the most effective association for a mainlander to support?
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