City changes to rules for shore, surf events to go into effect

City changes to rules for shore, surf events to go into effect

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New rules affecting ocean and surfing events on Oahu will go into effect on Monday.

Here are a few of the changes made by the Department of Parks and Recreation:

  • The appeals process no longer exists
  • Permit applications for ocean and surf events must be submitted no later than 90 days before an event
  • A permit may now be revoked due to severe water erosion
  • Permit holders must pump portable toilets and park toilets
  • The Mayor may appoint an advisory committee to assist in resolving scheduling conflicts

Those looking for a complete list of the new rules surrounding shore water events on Oahu can click here.

"Our goal is to improve the selection and permitting process in order to better serve competitive surfing, provide fair access to Oahu waters for our community, and protect the surfing culture brought to the rest of the world by our first people, our Native Hawaiians,"  Caldwell said last month.

The city requested public input on the proposed rule changes back in June following controversy over permits for a popular surfing league.

"We appreciate the effort by those who took the time to submit testimony concerning these rule changes," said Department of Parks and Recreation Director Michele Nekota. "We look forward to addressing surf contest rules for other parts of the island soon."

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