Maui homeowners plan to address beach erosion

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A group of Maui beachfront homeowners want to begin construction to replace temporary sand-filled tubes that were laid two years ago to slow beach erosion.

The Maui News reports the project to install rock groins is a continuation of efforts to slow beach erosion that Spreckelsville homeowners say has been going on for decades.

The homeowners say the erosion has resulted in a loss of land and habitat for endangered species. They say the erosion is also disrupting the ability of people to use the beach.

The Stable Road Beach Restoration Foundation's permit to keep sand-filled tubes on the beach is only good through the middle of next year.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources in January approved an environmental assessment to replace them with rock groins.

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