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Critics planning protest for Pro Bowl festivities in Waikiki

John Shockley John Shockley
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The NFL will be allowed to serve booze at Queen's Beach in Waikiki for this weekend's Pro Bowl festivities. But the city says it’s just a one-time exemption for the NFL.

Community activist John Shockley says it's unfair.

"The people, the public, on a public beach, are not allowed to drink. But yet, if somebody can get together with the city and rope off a very important person area and drink, I think it's innately unfair," Shockley said.

Alcohol can only be served in a private VIP section as long as event organizers get a permit from the Honolulu Liquor Commission.

Visitors who have flown to Hawaii specifically for the all-star game don't see it as a problem.

"As long as it's safe, I'm all for it. It'll be controlled, I'm sure," said California visitor Betty Ann Schoolfield.

"It doesn't bother me one way or the other. As long as it's kept under control and I'm sure it will be,” Josie Addington, also a California visitor, said.

The city denied a request to allow alcohol at other special events on the beach.

"This is just opening the door for any other future private group to come in, block off the beach and have their private drinking party, and I don't think that's good for Hawaii," said Shockley.

Shockley has put a call out to community groups hoping they will show up to protest the city's decision Friday morning, when the Pro Bowl festivities begin.

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