Zip line business denied permit on Maui

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 9:27 AM HST|Updated: Jul. 14, 2016 at 2:27 PM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County officials have rejected an application for a special-use permit by a zip line business they say has been operating illegally for six years at the site of a former World War II-era military camp in Haiku.

The Maui News reports the Maui Planning Commission denied Northshore Zipline Co.'s permit Tuesday, citing zoning and safety concerns.

The commission's decision makes Maui County the latest municipality to put a stop to Derek Hoyte's zip line business. He had gotten into trouble twice in Washington state for his operations in 2009 and was sued by the U.S. Forest Service in 2010.

Hoyte didn't attend Tuesday's commission meeting, but his son and manager of the business, Chris, was there. He says the company's goal is "to combine education with fun."

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