Monday, February 7, 2011

January 19, 2011 Comments By Bruce Laymon

On January 19, 2011 Kauai cattle rancher Bruce Laymon, who leases land owned by Waioli Corporation, a non-profit public charity, in Lepeuli, Kauai, Hawaii, told beachgoers they could not use the gentle, lateral access trail to Larsen's Beach which has been used forever to get to the beach. Beachgoers were told to use a steep, unmaintained county easement trail located nearby. When one of the beachgoers asked Bruce Laymon WHY he was erecting fencing, he told her to keep campers, nudes and gays away from the beach. If campers are camping on Waioli Corporation land that is tresspassing. If they are camping on the sand, they are on public property, and it is none of Bruce Laymon's business. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Department of Conservation Enforcement officers could ticket them, but neither Waioli Corporation or Bruce Laymon has jurisdiction in the matter. In fact, a homeless man camps on the sand near the main entrance to Larsen's Beach every day and has for years. To say he is erecting fencing to keep nudes and gays from using a public beach, Bruce Laymon is acting unlawfully. Gays and naturists ("nudes") have protections under statutory law and case law. Larsen's Beach is a public beach. No one can be excluded from a public place based on their sexual preference. This statement by Bruce Laymon reflects a bigoted, hateful, narrow-minded attitude. Kauai Naturists opposes this kind of ignorance.

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