Most are for it, but some are not, and it's up to lawmakers to find out what's best for everyone.
"We'd like to have our beaches back," said one speaker second up to the podium.
"The purpose is good; the execution right now is flawed," said another speaker.
Council members had their work cut out for them Wednesday night as they listened to passionate speakers on both ends of the debate over a revised measure that would end commercial activity at Kailua and Kalama Beach Parks.
"That's what the community told me what they wanted. This issue is near and dear to their heart," said Kailua council member Ikaika Anderson, who penned the bill.
The majority in the crowd said the beach parks have seen an overwhelming increase in tourism, and it's just too much for a smaller town.
"To see it exploited for monetary gain is hurtful; degrading. And this issue has pushed everyone here together," said resident Lisa Cates.
"We have to earn our paychecks and make sure that the people's business is heard," said Council Chair Tom Berg.
Berg said he's cautious about legislation that could shut down small business owners, which he says are a critical part of his district.
"You know we need them and their business. Their 'Live, work and play' motto falls on the backs of those small businesses," said Berg.