Oahu council nixes bill to expand B&B industry

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 11:04 AM

The Honolulu City Council has killed a bill that would have allowed new bed-and-breakfast establishments to operate on Oahu.

Wednesday's vote was 4-4. The measure needed six votes to pass.

Opponents argued new B&Bs would bring unwanted noise and increase traffic to neighborhoods, turning them into mini tourist districts.

Proponents say B&Bs are good for tourism and give visitors lodging options outside of Waikiki. They also say the establishments allow qualifying homeowners to earn additional income.

The bill would have lifted a cap on bed and breakfast homes, currently at 55. A moratorium on new B&Bs was enacted in 1989.