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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2003

More time sought for country market

Advertiser Staff

The North Shore Country Market may get a six-month reprieve beyond the end of the year, when the operators were told they must vacate the city-owned site.

The City Council Parks and Economic Development Committee passed a resolution yesterday that asks the city administration to allow the market to stay open for an extra six months while a task force works to try to find a permanent site.

The popular market has been operating on city-owned property between Shark's Cove and Pipeline since 1999. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The city administration has said that running a commercial market is not an appropriate use of land zoned for agriculture and would set a bad precedent. But city managing director Ben Lee said he would be willing to grant a six-month extension if department heads go along.