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Hilo Farmers Market could be moved amid ongoing permitting problems

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HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hilo Farmers Market may be temporarily moving if a bill passes the Hawaii County Council.

The Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that one council member is proposing to fast-track a measure that would set up the market at Mo'oheau Park, which is located in downtown Hilo, across from its current location. 

The owner of the farmers market, Keith De La Cruz, is reportedly being fined $4,000 a day for not being in compliance with county code.

Those fines have already totaled $100,000.

Officials say De La Cruz has not been granted the proper permits from the county, but he is working on plans for permanent structures.

Last month, the market was ordered to remove tents and tarps that served as the housing for the market.

The order came after more than a year of trying work with the proper bodies to address several fire safety and zoning violations. 

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