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From Emergency To Entitlement
The case of the sandbag revetment spanning five lots, and nearly 20 years, along the beach in Ha`ena, Kaua`i, is a textbook example of how something promised as a one-off, temporary fix becomes, over the years, so entrenched that action by any state or county authority to remove it seems to grow dimmer by the day.
In this month’s cover, of the three agencies that one might expect to exercise some enforcement powers, not one is stepping forward. Each of the three – the county Department of Planning, the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Land Division – seems to be waiting for one of the others to make the first move. All of which could have been avoided had the owners lived up to permit terms, had the county enforced its permit conditions, and had the state followed up with enforcement of its own Conservation District and state land regulations.