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Committee defers action on alcohol ban in Kihei parks

December 8, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A County Council committee decided last week to hold off action for further study on whether to outlaw drinking alcohol at Kalama and Cove parks as well as the new South Maui Community Park.

A few other county parks already have the ban in place, such as Charley Young Beach Park. But members of the council's Economic Development, Agriculture and Recreation Committee had varying opinions about whether an alcohol ban is the solution or if they should consider more pinpoint measures first. So, they decided to defer the bills.

Committee Chairman Mike White said he wanted the law to target the worst cases in which people are drinking and acting obnoxiously as well as add another deterrent against underage drinking and make the parks more family friendly. "There are a bunch of kids that are being affected by this," said Councilmember Don Couch, who introduced bills to ban drinking at the parks. Couch, who holds the South Maui residency seat, said he also doesn't want to punish everyone for the actions of a few, but he said the problems appear to be getting worse.



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