No more superferry. For now, at least.

By
Real Estate Agent with Aloha Realty Group

As of yesterday, Thursday, there is no more Superferry to connect the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai. This is not about the economy or the cost of gas, but rather a legal issue. Apparently, the Environmental Impact Studies that need to be done for any similar project, were not completed for the Superferry.

There have been avid supporters of the Superferry, as there have been avid fighters against the Superferry.

On the "pro" side, the arguments were:

- more options for traveling between islands, for individuals;

- lower costs for traveling between islands, especially for families;

- additional business oportunities for companies based in Hawaii, wanting to expend on other islands.

- a more fun way to travel between islands.

On the "con" side, the arguments were:

- significant environmental impact. There were concerns about protecting marine life but also the possibility of spreading invasive species from one island to another.

- "crime contamination". Crime would travel easier between islands.

- bringing one's own car on the ferry would add to a certain's island polution.

This project was financed by the government and "pushed" by the government. 240 people are unemployed as of yesterday.

For more information on this issue, please check www.mauinews.com

For info on Maui real estate, please check www.westmauihome.com

 

 

Posted by

Mihaela Stoops, REALTOR Broker

Aloha Realty GroupHonolua Bay

180 Dickenson St #217

Lahaina, Hi 96761 

www.ForSaleinLahaina.com                                      www.WestMauiHome.com    

      

Comments (3)

Khash Saghafi NMLS
Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation - Cleveland, OH
Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland OH NMLS 1114762

Hello Mihaela,

  Your post really hits home when you finish by stating that 240 people are now out of work.  The 'cons' are definite concerns that have to be taken into consideration, but I am confident that concessions from both sides could be made to make the ferry 'eco-friendly' while still keeping jobs intact.  Those are more families now who, for some, will add to the glut of foreclosures and delinquencies.  It's all about the jobs.

Mar 20, 2009 02:41 PM
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Mihaela - It sounds like a difficult situation. Hopefully, reasonable people will find a solution that everone can live with. Good Luck.

Mar 20, 2009 07:13 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

We went on it and we enjoyed it.  I doubt if we'll get that opportunity again.

Mar 27, 2009 01:17 PM