Suit filed in Laniakea barrier battle

Suit filed in Laniakea barrier battle
Published: Jan. 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of plaintiffs, including Reno Abellira, Mark Cunningham, Keone Downing, Jock Sutherland, Bill Martin and the Save Laniakea Coalition have filed suit against the State Department of Transportation.

The suit seeks to have the parking barricade that was installed opposite Laniakea beach on December 23rd removed.

The barrier was installed with hopes to decrease pedestrian foot traffic across the Kamehameha Highway, and subsequently ease traffic congestion caused by it in the area.

The lawsuit contends the Department of Transportation illegally installed the barriers because it did not obtain a Special Management Area permit before doing so.  The suit also contends that the DOT did not perform an Environmental Assessment.

Bill Saunders, attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a press conference Thursday that even if the barriers are removed, the group plans to move forward with the suit.

"Just the fact that they would remove them in one day like they put them up in one day is not going to really solve the problem.  They have to acknowledge that is something they cannot do again" he said.

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