Although Mayor Michael Victorino expressed disappointment with the Maui County Council action to override his veto of Bill 148 (2021) Draft 1 today, he intends to make the most of the two-year pause on new transient accommodations on Maui.
The Bill passed second and final reading on December 3, 2021, with three amendments that were made without advanced public notice.
Mayor Victorino vetoed the Bill primarily because of its unintended consequences and lack of opportunity for the public to voice its opinion on three amendments made at second and final reading of the Bill.
“We need to move on and focus on the future of our people and our commitment to economic diversification and recovery from this crippling pandemic,” Mayor Victorino said. “I agree with Council Chair Lee. We need to look beyond the hospitality industry and improve the balance in our economy through support for industries such as diversified agriculture, arts, technology, wellness, cultural education and environmental restoration.”
The moratorium will be in place until legislation implementing appropriate recommendations presented by a council-established temporary investigative group establishes a transient accommodation limit categorized by type and by community plan area, or two years from its effective date.
“I look forward to working with various industries, organizations, and the Maui County Council in seeking a balance of a strong, diversified economy and workforce while preserving a healthy quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Victorino.