County board to revisit contentious sit-lie bills

Published: Aug. 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu planning board plans to revisit a controversial set of bills that would ban sitting and lying down on sidewalks in Waikiki.

Waikiki Improvement Association President Rick Egged told

that when the bills are revisited the visitor industry will help provide support for programs.

He says the industry hopes to raise $500,000 annually to work with the Institute for Human Services to help alleviate chronic homelessness.

Honolulu's Zoning and Planning Committee plans to revisit the package of bills on Aug. 28.

Zoning Chairman Ikaika Anderson says feedback has been mixed since the bills were deferred.

Anderson says the bills were tabled to give Mayor Kirk Caldwell time to provide details about the Housing First program which aims to provide permanent housing to homeless people.

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