STAND. COM. REP. NO. 10

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 67

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Water and Land and Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 67 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES ON BEACHES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Prohibit any commercial vendor from presetting commercial beach equipment on any public beach under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, unless the customer is physically present;

 

(2) Require commercial vendors to expeditiously remove commercial beach equipment after the customer has finished using it;

 

(3) Allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to grant exemptions through rules; and

 

(4) Establish administrative fines for violations, pertaining only to public beaches and excluding private lands such as accreted lands.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and two individuals.

Your Committees received comments on this measure from one individual.

 

Your Committees find that the Department of Land and Natural Resources has received numerous complaints about the presetting of beach umbrellas, chairs, and other beach equipment on public beach areas. While officers of the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement have issued many citations to offenders, courts have often dismissed them due to concessionaires stating that they were setting up equipment for customers with prior reservations. Therefore, this measure provides a clear definition for "presetting" commercial beach equipment, and will help to address the problem of vendors blocking access to public beaches. This measure strikes a much-needed balance between residents' ability to freely utilize Hawaii's beaches and the visitor industry's desire to provide amenities to their guests.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Increasing the administrative fine from not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 for each occurrence of a violation to $5,000 for first offenses, $10,000 for second offenses, and $15,000 for third and subsequent offenses, to align with the Department of Land and Natural Resources' existing administrative fine amounts;

 

(2) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(3) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water and Land and Commerce and Consumer Protection that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 67, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 67, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water and Land and Commerce and Consumer Protection,

 

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JARRETT KEOHOKALOLE, Chair

 

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LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair