The issue of public access along the Pepe`ekeo shoreline, about 10 miles north of the Big Island town of Hilo, has been contested for two decades or more. No sooner does it seem to be settled than it flares up again. The flash point this time – as on several past occasions – is the entry to a gated subdivision, at a lot owned by Hilo Project, LLC, whose two members are Gary Olimpia and Scott Watson, and also by Watson individually. Watson is a builder who has run up against county Planning Department requirements numerous times over the last decade . . .
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