Coast Guard reopens comment period for Kaunakakai Harbor security zone

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Protesters temporarily block a van of visitors. A security zone was created around the harbor in January to protect the 30-or-so passengers of the Safari Explorer cruise boat.


The U.S. Coast Guard seeks public input on how to improve the temporary security zone created around Kaunakakai Harbor in response to protest of the Safari Explorer cruise boat.

Put in place on Jan. 19, the security zone is set to expire on May 15. The USCG will be accepting testimony under this second comment period until May 7 before making a decision about the future of the security zone.

The interim security zone was set to coincide with the biweekly scheduled arrival and departure of the Safari Explorer. The State Department of Land and Natural Resources decided the security zone was necessary following the Nov. 26, 2011 protests. At that time protesters on surfboards and small vessels blocked the American Safari Cruises boat from making dock in Kaunakakai.

The USCG said it created this security zone so that protesters could not, “implement the same or similar techniques in order to impede future transits by the Safari Explorer.”

Comments were accepted by the USCG when the security zone was first proposed. A synopsis of these comments, as well as those received during community meetings on this issue, were created by the USCG and can be found here under docket number USCG-2011-1159.

Peaceful protests along Kaunakakai Wharf continued after the security zone was put in place. No arrests or serious conflicts with law enforcement officials have occurred since this zone has been in place.
Written comments identified by docket number USCG-2011-1159 can be submitted using any one of the following methods:

1. Email: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
2. Fax: 202-493-2251.
3. Regular mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

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