- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County is seeking $160,000 from condo, vacation rental and time-share owners to help fund a study into ways to keep their beachfront property from washing away.

The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1MrvB7R ) beaches fronting nine condominiums in Kahana are quickly eroding, with waves already crashing into swimming pools and first-floor units.

The county hopes to match funds from property owners and conduct a feasibility study exploring offshore sand mining and possible structures to mitigate the erosion.

Officials say offshore sand mining would be a temporary solution and could cost $5 million. The other option of seawalls would be more permanent, but would eliminate the beach.

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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