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<br /> <br /> <br />Communication No. 2013-3 <br />The development of the swimming area has widespread <br />community support. Hundreds of residents have signed a <br />petition in support including swimmers, surfers, fishermen and <br />local landowners. There is a community group, Friends of <br />Pohoiki, spearheaded by Luana Jones, which has been <br />advocating for a safe, legal swimming area for many years. <br />Greggor Ilagan and Zendo Kern have voiced their support. The <br />swimming area would not encroach on any areas being used by <br />the surfers or fishermen. <br /> <br />As you are probably aware, the current situation is unsafe, <br />illegal and is quite hazardous for the boaters as well as <br />swimmers. The Pohoiki Boat Ramp, under DLNR jurisdiction, is <br />the only boat ramp in Puna. The boat ramp is also the easiest <br />ocean access for swimmers and surfers within the county park. <br />In fact, it is the only area for ocean swimming in all of Puna <br />that is in a county park with facilities. On a Sunday afternoon, <br />there can be upwards of 100 people, most of them keiki, <br />swimming around the boat ramp. This situation makes <br />accessing the boat ramp extremely hazardous with an elevated <br />potential for conflicts and accidents, for the boater, the boat <br />and the swimmers. <br /> <br />If you have any questions, need further support or information, <br />please contact us. <br /> <br />