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Bed and Breakfasts could spread throughout Oahu

George Marantz George Marantz
Chareena Saint Claire Chareena Saint Claire
Donald Munroe Donald Munroe

By Roger Mari - bio | email

KANEOHE (KHNL) - A measure making Bed and Breakfasts legal around Oahu is moving through the city council. It's making a number of island residents worried it will drastically impact their communities.

There are differences between Bed and Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals. While some feel there is a place for both, others believe they will only hurt Oahu neighborhoods.

George Marantz has been living at his Kaneohe home for 16 years. He wants to raise his family in a stable neighborhood, free of tourists vacationing for short periods and then leaving.

"I want to live with other families around me and I don't want people coming and going," says Windward Oahu Resident George Marantz.

His neighbor just down the street has her own reasons for opposing the bill. She lived next to what was being called a Bed and Breakfast for years.

"When they vacation they forget that there's other people that have to work and they would party until; 1-2-3 o'clock in the morning," says Windward Oahu Resident Chareena Saint Claire.

There is some confusion about what is a Bed and Breakfast and a Vacation Rental. Donald Munroe has been operating a legitimate bed and breakfast for decades without any complaints from his neighbors.

"It's a home and it's no different than having your private guests, a vacation rental where the host is not living on the premises or it's completely separate, you have no control over the guests," says Bed and Breakfast Owner Donald Munro.

He believes starting a Bed and Breakfast business is a right all residents are entitled to.

"I think that there are definitely grounds to limit the location and number of Vacation Rentals, but Bed and Breakfast in a home? Anybody should be allowed to do it."

Both parties hope to see eye-to-eye in what could be the final public hearing on this issue, which will be held on October 15th before the full city council.

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