Came across this article from the Maui News this weekend and thought it would be something worth sharing.
Maui News Article: County ‘drawing a line’ in sand with park rules
Posted on: June 21st, 09
The short recap of the story and the issues at hand are new rules being proposed by the county’s Parks and Recreation department. The aim of the new rules is to limit the number of tour and activity operators that can function on certain beaches, as well as only during specified periods. The effort is being made to help reduce some of the crowding these tour operators are said to have on beaches around the island, both popular and small.
Please read the article for all the details, as well as good points on both side of the argument. Since our site here has a good mix of both Maui residents and frequent visitors to the Valley Isle, I thought there’d be a good range of opinions to talk story about. Cindy and I, personally, like to refrain from planning our beach trips on the weekends, mainly because we assume that’s when the island residents make their way to the beach to enjoy the paradise around them.
Tell us what you think. There are good arguments to be made on each side, particularly the point of “why now?” Also, if you’re a resident of Maui, have you seen some of these crowding scenarios first-hand? We’ve seen the usual surf schools and even a catamaran every now and then docking right on the sands of Ka’anapali Beach. For us, it’s not a major inconvenience, but that’s because we’re only visiting.
What do you think?