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Honolulu moves forward on plans to fix sea wall

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is taking steps to repair a 900-foot portion of a crumbling sea wall in a project that could cost the city up to $3.1 million.

According to a recent report, waves caused the wall to have problems with its foundation, damage to its concrete cap, missing and loose rocks and cracks in its retaining walls.

Honolulu engineering company Oceanit, the city’s consultant, said in a draft environmental assessment that the sea wall’s mass and multiple repairs kept it from collapsing so far. However, more extensive repairs are needed to keep it from collapsing.

The sea wall last underwent major repairs in 1987.

Oceanit recommends the city spend approximately $2 million to repair the sea wall by adding a form-lined concrete wall on the makai side and concrete support on the land side. Three other Oceanit proposals up for review range from various sea wall repairs to replacing a 460-foot stretch of the wall.

The least expensive proposal would cost nearly $1.81 million to repair the sea wall by adding rock revetment at its base and installing concrete support on its land side. Reconstructing the sea wall and adding soil reinforcement would cost $3.1 million.

US court denies appeal in $167K seizure case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court says police in Nevada violated a Hawaii man’s constitutional rights, and the government can’t keep $167,000 in cash found in his motor home on Interstate 80 in 2013.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Monday that a pair of traffic stops by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and an Elko County sheriff’s deputy with a drug-sniffing dog amounted to an effort to get around Straughn Gorman’s right to be free from unreasonable searches.

Gorman’s lawyer, Vincent Savarese, noted the appeals court characterized the one-after-another stops as “impermissible gamesmanship” by officers buying time to get a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle.

The dog found cash, not drugs.

Gorman was not charged with a crime, but federal prosecutors sought to keep the money.


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