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June 30, 2011

Sand Barred

Why is it that sometimes bad things have to happen before good people step forward to correct a situation? Unfortunately, sometimes things get a little bit too far out of control, and then people respond and officials step in. Such is the case at the Kaneohe sandbar, where just enough arrogant and foolish people have caused problems that a rule is now in place to preclude the use of alcohol during a couple of upcoming holiday weekends.

If you've ever been out to the sandbar, you know it's a lot of fun and can be an ideal place to idle away your time, lulled by the mini-waves and cooling breezes.  But when blaring music, yapping dogs, and inebriated or stoned partygoers decide to selfishly turn their flotilla into a bad frat party, everyone in the watery neighborhood suffers. Now, armed with new rules and, ostensibly, stricter enforcement, perhaps we can avoid incidents like fights and near collisions of boats. It's just too bad that a death during a fight over Memorial Day weekend is what finally got people riled up enough to take action. The stories of bad attitudes, bad behavior and inappropriate use of the area have been told for years.

There's nothing that says you can't have a good time and yet be responsible and cognizant of your actions at the same time. After all, people have a right to have their own version of a good time without having to deal with your shenanigans. It is an essential part of being allowed to participate in activities at beaches, state parks, the sandbar, and even in your own backyard at home. Let's hope things calm down at the sandbar, and a good time can still be had by all. Think about it…

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