Report Title:

State Small Boat Harbors; Study and Report

 

Description:

Requires LRB to study the condition of state small boat harbors, recommend improvements, evaluate costs of improvements and funding sources, and develop a master plan; report to 2003 legislature. (SD1)

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

3016

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to state small boat harbors.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that many of the existing state small boat harbors are in poor condition, deteriorated, do not meet current code requirements such as those for the Americans with Disabilities Act, create an unreasonable exposure to potential liability claims due to the deteriorated condition of the facilities, and do not provide the types of support facilities necessary for an expanded recreational boating industry and commercial support activities.

The purpose of this Act is to have the legislative reference bureau evaluate conditions of existing boating facilities throughout the State in order to determine the types and extent of repairs and improvements necessary to adequately support the increase in recreational boating activities, commercial activities, and tourism; to develop a master plan for improvements that will support the increased recreational boating activities and programs throughout the State; and to develop a management plan of how the improvements will be implemented.

SECTION 2. (a) The legislative reference bureau, with cooperation from the department of land and natural resources shall evaluate conditions of existing boating facilities throughout the State in order to determine the types and extent of repairs and improvements necessary to adequately support the increase in recreational boating activities, commercial activities, and tourism on state land.

The legislative reference bureau shall undertake the following study and provide a report addressing:

(1) A condition assessment of the existing state small boat harbors;

(2) Recommended improvements to existing state small boat harbors in order to support the increased demand for recreational boating activities and commercial activities at all state small boat harbors, as a result of development and management of some harbors on state lands;

(3) An evaluation of costs for recommended improvements to state small boat harbors in order to correct existing deficiencies, meet changed code requirements, reduce state liability exposure for deteriorated facilities and code requirements, and provide the necessary facilities and commercial activities to support an expanded recreational boating industry in the State;

(4) An evaluation of funding sources for recommended improvements to enhance the state small boat harbors and the recreational boating industry in the State, including development and management of state harbor facilities; and

(5) Development and presentation of a master plan for improvement of the state small boat harbors, which will enhance recreational boating activities throughout the State, reduce state costs for capital and maintenance expenditures of existing facilities, enhance commercial activities and opportunities in support of recreational boating activities, and enhance the recreational boating industry in Hawaii.

(b) The board of land and natural resources shall hold public hearings, with the participation of the senate economic development and technology and transportation, military affairs, and government operations committees, in partnership with the legislative reference bureau in the development of the study.

(c) The legislative reference bureau shall draft a management plan on the implementation of the improvements to be made to small boat harbors by the department of land and natural resources.

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1, or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003, for the repair and maintenance of state small boat harbors as determined by the legislative reference bureau's study.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of land and natural resources for the purposes of this section.

SECTION 4. The legislative reference bureau shall submit the study and plan to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2003.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval, except that section 3 shall take effect on July 1, 2002.