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Kauai bed and breakfast operators want clear permit laws

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Nearly two dozen Kauai residents operating bed and breakfast and other visitor accommodations are asking county planning commissioners to come up with clear permit rules and procedures for their businesses.

The Garden Island newspaper (http://bit.ly/1E37MzO ) reports the visitor accommodation operators say the county hasn't clearly defined the rules.

The calls come as the county has been boosting its enforcement against operators lacking permits.

County Planning Director Michael Dahilig says less than a hundred notices telling operators to shut down their business have been sent.

Most were sent to non-permitted, single-family transient vacation rentals. Sixteen were sent to places identified as homestays, which also require permits.

Lihue attorney Jonathan Chun says the cease-and-desist letters have confused and frustrated homestay and bed and breakfast operators who want to comply with the law.

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