MCBH Update -Aircraft Hours and Bellows Beach

The following is an excerpt from the current MCBH Aloha Newsletterf18

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS – The airfield will be conducting 24-hour operations on June 17, 2017 and June 24, 2017 – There will be increased airfield activity in Mid-July due to a visiting Marine Expeditionary Unit.

MCB Hawaii will host visiting F-18s at the end of August who are supporting local training.

Bellows Beach Park will be closed for day use and camping July 14-17th because of amphibious operations –

Windward Coalition’s February Newsletter

Please click on this link   to read the latest newsletter from the Windward Coalition.

Highlights include:

  • Osprey comments from Col Killeen, the Commanding Officer at MCBH
  • Improvements in the sewer plant neighborhood
  • Attempted expansion of Hawaii Memorial Park
  • Crime in the Kaneohe Bay area
  • Plans for new area restaurants

URGENT Message re: Kailua Bay

This is an urgent update from the Kmaxresdefaultailua Neighborhood Board about a Legislative Bill for a “slow-no-wake” zone for motorized boats in Kailua Bay.

The contents of our original bill HB803 was transferred to HB117. So now we must direct our support to HB117.  HB117 has been scheduled for a hearing this Tuesday, February 14. This is a low profile bill so we need to show that there is extensive support for it by attending the hearing, or submitting testimony. Testimony should include reference to such things as the very numerous recreational activities that occur in Kailua Bay, the congestion in the water, and the accidental death and injury that has already occurred, etc.

Sending in testimony is very simple. Go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov click on “submit testimony.” Sign in or sign up and go to “submit testimony” for HB117.

I think this bill has a good chance of passing, and we need it to provide the necessary safety in Kailua Bay for our residents and visitors. Please take the time to testify, and let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to forward this email.

 

Illegal Vacation Rentals

Vacation_Rentals_In_Hawaii_ImageIn response to increased illegal vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods and to help ensure that that county zoning laws are upheld Gov Ige signed ACT 204 into law January 2016. ACT 204 gives the power and responsibility to collect the TAT & GET on short-term rentals with full transparency and privacy to the State tax department.

HB 1850, waiting Governor Ige’s approval or VETO, allows corporations like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), who have no responsibility for transparency, to collect taxes on short-term vacation rentals irregardless of county zoning or if they are legal or illegal.

HB 1850 allows short-term vacation rental owners to hide under a corporate on-line curtain making it easier to break the law.

Please contact Governor Ige and ask him to VETO HB 1850.

 

Click here. Tell Gov. Ige you oppose HB1850

In his 2015 State Address Governor Ige said: We’re building a home for our kupuna, ourselves and our children. He also said he would modernize the state’s tax collection system to make it more efficient and reduce cheating. Let us remind him of his words.