Fed up with rampant illegal commercial activity at the city’s public parks, Honolulu is introducing a new kind of beach-rule enforcement team to be operated by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
The city is hiring five mobile rangers who will roam Oahu identifying problems at the city’s parks. In the next two years, as the new pilot program rolls out, the rangers will go out in pairs to make surprise visits at island beach parks to evaluate trouble spots of various kinds and look for patterns.
Then the city will issue a report about what the rangers have learned and make some decisions about how best to proceed with an enforcement program. That will pave the way for the next step — on-the-ground implementation of the strategy, officials said.
Some love the idea. Others think it is overkill.