APEC closures lead to parking tickets and tow trucks

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The warning about APEC closures went out, but not everyone got the message. Some drivers are paying the price after leaving their cars in a spot that is now off-limits. Parking stalls at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and the adjacent lot at the old helipad closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday for security reasons. DLNR officers issued $50 citations and tow trucks took the cars away. Only vehicles driven by harbor tenants with a valid harbor decal will be allowed to park in permit stalls during APEC. Surfers and others rushed to get out before the deadline.

"A couple of guys in the lineup knew. The Coast Guard boats came in and gave a quick cruise of the lineup. They didn't really say anything, but word got around that we needed to be out by 6 so we scrambled," said surfer Mike Irwin.

"It'll attract tourism, I assume. That's why they got it in the islands. If we get more tourists in the islands, then it's good for everybody," said Waikiki resident Mondo Rillamas.

The Magic Island parking lot and the ewa half of Ala Moana Park closed at 10 p.m. on Sunday. People can walk to the beach, but vehicles aren't allowed in. Parking along Ala Moana Boulevard fronting the park is also off-limits. Some parking lots along Kapiolani Park also closed on Sunday night at 10. Most of the closures last through November 14.

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