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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spouting Horn vendors may get 5-year permits

The Garden Island

Holders of permits for the nine concession stands at Po'ipu Spouting Horn Park will now be able to reapply for permits every five years.

The Kaua'i County Council Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an amendment that eliminates a clause in a 2008 bill which set 2013 as the last year concessionaires could operate at the park, one of the most photographed spots on Kaua'i.

In 2009 the concessionaires generated $463,116 in revenue for the county, Councilman Bill "Kaipo" Asing said.

"It's a very gray issue. Yes, they bring income, but that was not the intent of the park," said Asing, noting that the primary purpose of county parks is for recreation, not commerce.