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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bill to ensure Hawaii beach access wins passage, goes to governor

Associated Press

HONOLULU A measure requiring landowners along beaches to keep adjacent public access ways free of vegetation and debris has won approval by legislators.

The bill passed the Legislature on Tuesday and now goes to Gov. Linda Lingle's desk.

Under the measure, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources would enforce the law to maintain access within beach transit corridors by requiring landowners to keep those walkways passable.

The agency would be empowered to give landowners 21 days to clear beach corridors.

Landowners who don't remove obstructions could be charged with a misdemeanor under the measure.

The bill is HB1808.