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Supporters of Bill 11 rally in Kailua

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some community members rallied in support of a controversial bill aimed at limiting commercial activity at two windward Oahu beaches.

Bill 11 would restrict commercial activity on weekends, and mainly target kayak rentals and tour buses, which some residents say have caused overcrowding.

The measure would not impact Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks since its customers rent their kayaks and walk them to the beach themselves, but starting Sunday, the company will not rent out kayaks on Sundays to help alleviate the congestion on weekends.

"It's important to save our community, our residential community. We are not a resort destination", said Kailua resident Ursula Rutherford.

"I'm with the community on this one. The beach park is a neighborhood park and there shouldn't be, there's no reason to turn it into a commercial park. The park is crowded as it is and as a voluntary measure we, one thing we can do to help is close Sundays", said Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks owner Egmar Klemmer.

Opponents have said that if the law is changed, businesses that haven't been impacted before, would be unfairly targeted.

The bill, which has passed a second reading is on a committee agenda this Tuesday.

It still needs full council approval before becoming law.

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