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Opponents of Turtle Bay Resort expansion change game plan

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KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"Defend Oahu Coalition" announced that it's withdrawing from discussions with resort owners and will re-focus its efforts on educating the public and lawmakers.

The coalition claims "replay resorts" has ignored the community's concerns that expansion beyond the existing property would create a sprawling mega-resort that would irreparably harm the North Shore corridor.

Resort owners recently released a draft of a court-ordered "Supplemental Environmental Impact Study, which the coalition calls, "inadequate."

"In reading the draft SEIS, it is clear that they have twisted or manipulated various terms and concepts to suit their purpose of pushing through a massive and unsustainable development plan," said Tim Vandeveer, Defend Oahu Coalition.

But the resort's CEO has said they've actually downsized plans by reducing the expansion project from five hotels to two.

Turtle Bay representatives also counter traffic congestion concerns by saying the resort will spend $18 million on turn lanes, traffic signals, and bike paths on Kamehameha Highway.

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