Honolulu City Council approves Waikiki erosion tax plan

Honolulu City Council approves Waikiki erosion tax plan

HONOLULU (AP) - Beach groups are among critics of a plan to tax Waikiki businesses to pay for restoration of the eroding coastline.

The Honolulu city Council on Wednesday unanimously approved two measures dealing with the issue.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the measures now return to the council's zoning and planning committee for additional work.

The measures call for setting up a special improvement district for Waikiki Beach.

The district would tax business and property owners and the money would be placed into a fund for shoreline improvement, restoration and protection efforts conducted by the state, city or other entities.

Opponents of the measures include the Surfrider Foundation. The group's spokesman Stuart Coleman says the measures would give too much power to organizations and businesses that may not consider everyone's best interests.

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