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Collateral Damage SAMPLE LETTER 1

Service Providers and other local small businesses

Please use the letter below as a sample.

After you copy/paste the letter into your email...

change as much as you can using your own words.

The more personal you can make your letter the more effective it will be! 

You are encouraged to send a copy of your letter to the Mayor and the County Coucil Member of your district.

If more than one letter expresses how you feel you are encouraged to send those letters (with your own words added) as well!

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Email Address]
[Phone Number]

[Date]

ATTN: Hawaii County Council Member [Recipient’s Name]

Subject: Concerns Regarding Proposed Restrictions on TARs and the collateral damage it will cause.

Dear [Council Member’s Name],

My name is [Your Name], and I am a concerned resident of the Big Island. I also [explain what service you provide to TAR]. I am writing to express my concerns regarding the potential restrictions on hosted transient accommodation rentals (TARs) that are currently under consideration. I am deeply worried about how extensive the direct and collateral damage and hardships the current draft amendments presented will cause me and many local families and local small businesses.

While I understand the importance of community planning and the need for balanced regulations, I strongly believe that in this bill the long-term consequences of such restrictions have not been fully taken into account through proper studies and research.

One of my primary concerns lies in the significant impact these restrictions will have on the livelihoods of TAR hosts and their families, local service providers and their families (i.e. housekeepers, landscapers, maintenance workers), and many others who must rely on the tourism industry for their families well-being.

The Big Island is blessed with a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage that has attracted visitors from across the globe. TARs have played a crucial role in supporting Hawaii’s economy (which includes your jobs) and the tourism ecosystem. Hawaii’s delicate tourism ecosystem allows visitors to experience our island’s beauty while providing a multitude of economic opportunities for our local residents.

By restricting TARs, we risk setting off a domino effect that could have dire consequences for the community and our economy. TAR hosts and their families will suffer a direct blow to their livelihoods. TAR hosts provide jobs ((i.e. housekeepers, landscapers, maintenance workers) to locals and their families. Without TAR, these local families’ livelihoods and ability to support their families will be put at risk, potentially leading to financial hardships and even displacement.

The impact of restricting TARs will reverberate throughout the local economy. Not only the multitude of local service providers, such as cleaning services, maintenance workers, and the many other local small businesses all over the island. With a decrease in visitor accommodations in smaller communities, these providers will experience a substantial reduction in demand, further exacerbating the economic consequences. It is essential to consider the very real and significant cascading effects on the livelihoods of our fellow residents before implementing any restrictive measures such as the ones you are proposing here.

It is critical to acknowledge that tourism is Hawaii’s primary financial resource. Our economy and your jobs rely heavily on the revenue generated from the tourism industry. ANY policies that hinder its growth will have significant ramifications. A thriving tourism sector not only supports our local businesses and job market, it also provides vital funding for public services, infrastructure development, and community welfare programs. Restricting TARs without a comprehensive assessment of the potential economic impact risks will undermine the fragile financial foundation upon which our island’s prosperity rests.

It is imperative that the Hawaii County Council consider the direct consequences this bill will have on more than just TAR before finalizing any decisions related to restricting TARs. I urge you to engage in open dialogue with all of us TAR hosts, local service providers, and members of the community, to fully understand the impact you have on our and our family’s lives that will jeopardize our primary financial resource and the overall economy.

I am hopeful that, as representatives of the people, you will strive to make decisions that support the prosperity and harmony of locals and families

Sincerely,

[Your Name]