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O`oma - Kona land retains conservation status

November 23 2010 | Activism, Jim's Blog,
by Jim

It wasn't long ago that Surfrider didn't have a chapter on Kona, the big island of Hawaii. That point makes this victory especially notable. Our Kona Kai Ea chapter partnered with other local environmental groups to block the reclassification of the O'oma land from conservation to urban. Think of this for a second. What do you think of when you think of Hawaii? I'm guessing the term "urban" isn't one of the things that pops into your mind. Property owner Dennis Moresco and developers wanted to build a new project called O'oma Beachside Village on the last piece of pristine coastal land in Kona near the airport. This group tried to convince the Land Use Commission (LUC) to go along with this reclassification plan. This was the third time developers had tried to reclassify the land as urban so they could proceed with their projects. But after three and a half years of overwhelming public testimony against the development, the LUC finally decided to maintain the land's conservation status. Kudos to our Kona Kai Ea chapter and the other organizations connected to this win. More
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