Small Boat Harbors; Commercial Vessels; Development
Permits commercial permits in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; directs the department of land and natural resources to provide a request for proposal for a public-private partnership to develop a portion of Ala Wai small boat harbor; permits commercial use permits to be issued for vessels assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; and provides for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal. Effective 7/1/46. (SD2)
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The department of land and natural resources, through its division of boating and ocean recreation, operates and manages twenty-one harbors, fifty boat ramps, 2,122 moorings and berths, and nineteen piers spread throughout the various counties of the State. The legislature finds that these ocean recreation facilities, in light of the present demand, are in short supply and, in most cases where they exist, are in dire need of long overdue repair and maintenance. Some facilities are in such need of repair and replacement that they cannot be used and pose public safety hazards.
One of these facilities, the Ala Wai harbor, has been the recipient of some recent badly needed repair and replacement of floating docks; however, the need for further maintenance remains unfulfilled. In spite of its needs, the Ala Wai harbor includes certain assets within its facilities that are under-used and, if properly developed, can potentially generate revenues that can benefit not only its continued improvement and maintenance but also benefit the rest of the facilities now operated by the division of boating and ocean recreation.
In these times of economic malaise and with the State facing a massive budget deficit over the next biennium, the State cannot afford the huge loss in the valuable asset that a further decline of the State's small boat harbors would pose.
The purpose of this Act is to:
(1) Allow the limited issuance of commercial use permits for vessels with assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi harbors;
(2) Provide for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal by a state-licensed appraiser and assigned a schedule B rate, while existing mooring holders remain in a schedule A class that shall equal schedule B rates over a five-year period; and
(3) Direct the department of land and natural resources to use the request for proposals process to enter into a public-private partnership for the development of portions of Ala Wai harbor facilities that are presently under-used to maximize the revenue potential from its facilities.
SECTION 2. Section 200-2.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (b) and (c) to read as follows:
"(b) The permissible uses under any lease disposed of under this section shall be consistent with the purpose for which the land was set aside by the governor pursuant to section 171-11. Permissible uses may include any use that will complement or support the ocean recreation or maritime activities of state boating facilities.
(c) Disposition of public lands of state
boating facilities constructed, maintained, and operated in accordance with
this chapter shall not exceed a maximum term of [
SECTION 3. Section 200-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§200-9 Purpose and use of state small boat harbors. (a) State small boat harbors are constructed, maintained, and operated for the purposes of:
(1) Recreational boating activities;
(2) Landing of fish; and
(3) Commercial vessel activities.
For the purpose of this section, "recreational
boating activities" means the [
utilization] use of
watercraft for sports, hobbies, or pleasure, and "commercial vessel
activities" means the [ utilization] use of vessels for
activities or services provided on a fee basis. To implement these purposes,
only vessels in good material and operating condition that are regularly
navigated beyond the confines of the small boat harbor[ ,] and [ which]
that are used for recreational activities, the landing of fish, or
commercial vessel activities shall be permitted to moor, anchor, or berth at [ such]
a state small boat harbor or use any of its facilities.
(b) Vessels used for purposes of recreational
boating activities [
which] that are also the principal habitation
of the owners shall occupy no more than one hundred twenty-nine berths at Ala
Wai boat harbor and thirty-five berths at Keehi boat harbor, which is equal to
fifteen per cent of the respective total moorage space that was available as of
July 1, 1976, at the Ala Wai and Keehi boat harbors. [ Notwithstanding the
purposes of small boat harbors, moorage for commercial vessels and commercial
vessel activities is not permitted in the Ala Wai and Keehi boat harbors;
(c) The total number of valid commercial use permits that may be issued for vessels assigned mooring in Ala Wai boat harbor shall not exceed fifteen per cent of the total berths and shall not exceed thirty-five per cent of the total berths at the Keehi boat harbor; provided that at the Ala Wai boat harbor, vessels issued commercial use permits shall:
(1) Not exceed sixty-five feet in length;
(2) Occupy not more than fifty-six berths located along the row of berths furthermost mauka or adjacent to Holomua street, with the remainder located throughout the Ala Wai boat harbor, with a priority assigned to row seven hundred and row eight hundred;
(3) Be phased-in in a manner that does not displace any existing recreational boater or existing catamaran operator; and
(4) Include commercial catamarans, for
which valid commercial use permits or existing registration
certificates have been issued by the department [
allow the catamarans to operate upon Waikiki shore waters for hire[ , may be
permitted to moor in Ala Wai boat harbor at facilities leased for commercial
The department shall allow a sole proprietor of a catamaran operating with a valid commercial use permit or existing registration certificate, issued by the department, for a commercial catamaran to land its commercial catamaran on Waikiki beach and to operate upon Waikiki shore waters for hire, to transfer the ownership of the vessel from personal ownership to corporate or other business ownership without terminating the right to operate under the commercial use permit or existing registration certificate. The existing commercial use permit or existing registration certificate shall be reissued in a timely manner in the name of the transferee corporation or other business entity. No valid commercial use permit or existing registration certificate issued to an owner of a commercial catamaran operating in the Waikiki area shall be denied or revoked without a prior hearing held in accordance with chapter 91.
(c)] (d) Notwithstanding any
limitations on commercial permits for Maui county small boat facilities,
vessels engaging in inter-island ferry service within Maui county shall be
afforded preferential consideration for ferry landings, including the issuance
of a commercial operating permit and the waiver of any applicable fees, at Maui county small boat facilities; provided that:
(1) The vessel operator has been issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the purpose of engaging in inter-island ferry service that includes a route within Maui county;
(2) The design and performance characteristics of the vessel will permit safe navigation within the harbor entrance channel and safe docking within Maui county small boat facilities;
(3) The vessel operations will not result in unreasonable interference with the use of Maui county small boat facilities by other vessels; and
(4) All preferential consideration and waivers, including any commercial permits issued under this section, shall cease upon the vessel operator's termination of inter-island ferry service within Maui county.
(d)] (e) The chairperson may
adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to further implement this section."
SECTION 4. Section 200-10, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
"(c) The permittee shall pay moorage fees
to the department for the use permit that shall be based on[
,] but not
limited to[ ,] the use of the vessel, its effect on the harbor, use of
facilities, and the cost of administering this mooring program; and,
Moorage] Except for commercial
maritime activities where there is a tariff established by the department of
transportation, moorage fees shall be established by appraisal by a
state-licensed appraiser approved by the department and shall be higher for
nonresidents[ ;]. The mooring fees shall be set by appraisal
categories schedule A and schedule B, to be determined by the department, and
may be increased annually by the department, to reflect a cost-of-living index
increase; provided that:
(A) Schedule A shall include existing mooring permittees; provided further that schedule A rates shall be increased by the same amount each year so schedule A rates will equal schedule B rates by July 1, 2014; and
(B) Schedule B shall apply to all new mooring applicants and transient slips on or after July 1, 2009;
(2) For commercial maritime activities where there is a tariff established by the department of transportation, harbors division, the department may adopt the published tariff of the department of transportation, harbors division, or establish the fee by appraisal by a state licensed appraiser approved by the department;
(2)] (3) An application fee shall be
collected when applying for moorage in state small boat harbors and shall
thereafter be collected annually when the application is renewed. The
application fee shall be:
(A) Set by the department; and
(B) Not less than $100 for nonresidents;
(3)] (4) If a recreational vessel is
used as a place of principal habitation, the permittee shall pay, in addition
to the moorage fee, a liveaboard fee that shall be calculated at a rate of:
(A) $5.20 a foot of vessel length a month if the permittee is a state resident; and
(B) $7.80 a foot of vessel length a month if the permittee is a nonresident;
provided that the liveaboard fees established by
this paragraph may be increased by the department at the rate of the annual
cost-of-living index, but not more than five per cent in any one year,
January] July 1 of each year; [ and]
(4)] (5) If a vessel is used for
commercial purposes from its permitted mooring, the permittee shall pay, in
lieu of the moorage and liveaboard fee, a fee based on three per cent of the
gross revenues derived from the use of the vessel or two times the moorage fee
assessed for a recreational vessel of the same size, whichever is greater[ .];
(6) In addition, the department is authorized to assess and collect utility fees, including electrical and water charges, and common area maintenance fees in small boat harbors."
SECTION 5. (a) Pursuant to section 200-2.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the department of land and natural resources is directed to lease certain fast lands at the Ala Wai harbor using the request for proposals process for the public-private development, management, and operation of areas of Ala Wai harbor.
(b) The permissible uses under this lease shall include:
(1) A minimum of not less than one hundred twenty berths for vessels; provided that:
(A) Not more than forty berths shall be available for vessels used for purposes of recreational boating activities that are also the principal habitation of the owners;
(B) Not more than thirty berths, including those allowed pursuant to section 200-9(c), Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be available for vessels issued commercial use permits; and
(C) All berths provided under this paragraph shall be made available to the public pursuant to department of land and natural resources rules, with moorage fees to be determined by the developer;
(2) Office space, including a minimum of square feet for division of boating and ocean recreation use;
(3) Vehicular parking, including a minimum of parking stalls for division of boating and ocean recreation use and for public metered parking;
(4) Commercial uses, including but not limited to restaurants, retail shops, marine supplies shops, and sundry stores, all made available to the public;
(5) Residential uses;
(6) Vessel fueling facilities;
(7) Vessel haul-out and repair facilities; and
(8) Vessel haul-out and storage facilities.
(c) The lease shall not exceed a maximum term of sixty-five years and shall provide for:
(1) A minimum lease rent that is the greater of a commercially acceptable percentage of the gross receipts of the lessee from the developed leased premises or a fair return on the fair market value of the vacant leased premises, as determined by appraisal by a state-licensed appraiser approved by the department, with reasonable periodic step-ups in the minimum lease rent over the term of the lease; and
(2) A three-year development period with a fixed reduced lease rent.
(d) Chapter 171 and section 190D-33, Hawaii Revised Statutes, notwithstanding, all revenues from the lease shall be deposited in the boating special fund.
SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2046.