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State investigating Ko Olina's booting practices

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Governor Neil Abercrombie Governor Neil Abercrombie
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Governor Neil Abercrombie is still weighing the options of banning the use of parking boots. In the meantime the State Office of Consumer Protection continues probing properties that use the boot, this time at a popular resort.

The Ko Olina Resort is being investigated for its use of the parking boot, however the resorts rules are much different from the parking lots that use the boot in Waikiki.

Ko Olina's lagoons are a scenic spot popular with visitors and residents alike. So parking can be a problem.

People online have said they got the boot at Ko Olina when they parked in the shopping center and then walked to the beach. They had to pay $50 to get their car back.

However there are plenty of signs saying no beach parking. It also warns "boot fees may apply." And if people park in the employee lot there are also signs warning they will be tagged, towed or booted.

If people park there it is a long walk to the lagoons so people should clearly know they are breaking a rule. It's tough to argue they accidentally parked in the prohibited lots to go to the lagoons.

The State Office of Consumer Protection says towing is the only legal way to deal with unauthorized cars which is why it has been investigating complaints of booting properties. It also filed a civil lawsuit against Hawaii Boot Removal, which charges people $160 cash on the spot to free your car.

There is a bill on Governor Abercrombie's desk that would ban booting altogether.

"I think that had pretty much overwhelming support to boot the boots so I'll take a look at it and it will be done early. I'm not going to wait until the last minute I'm working as fast as I can on all that stuff. I'm not trying to create drama," said Governor Abercrombie.

There were nearly 300 bills that went to the Governor's office for his approval or veto. It appears most will become law.

"I don't think there are too many bills that are coming under the veto side of things," said Governor Abercrombie.

Although he hasn't said if he'll sign off on the boot ban. He has until June 24 to announce his list of bills that he is at least thinking about vetoing. Any bill on that list has the potential to be thrown out.

The last day to sign, veto and let bills pass without his signature is July 9.

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