North Shore going south
Letters / I am a tourist who travels often to Oahu with my family and friends, and we like to stay out of the “big cities.” If they try to make the North Shore into another Waikiki (“Country’s Time,” Dec. 19), we [would] no longer spend our travel dollars on Oahu. I know a lot of other people who feel the same, so it doesn’t necessarily mean “if you build it, they will come.” More like run away!
Jeanne via [HonoluluWeekly.com]
3.4 acres of City-owned public park land at the beach in Haleiwa mysteriously had its real property tax assessed value drop 97 percent (from $2.7M to $83,000) after a developer announces his intention to purchase it. No other nearby park experienced a similar devaluation by the City’s Real Property Assessment Division during this same time period.
However, there are no signs of any investigations by the City Council, the City Ethics Commission and/or the FBI. It so happens that this is the same developer that still owes 1.5 acres to the City Parks Department for obligations made to the City as part of the Velzyland development on the beach (“Sunset Colony”) over 10 years ago.
“That’s Strange” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]
I heard that Andy was reviving his giant windmill plan–the one he proposed for Kakaako–but this time it would be wind powered and generate electricity for his boutique hotel that blocks ocean access.
“Blind_Mice” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]