City spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said enforcement of Bill 11 would begin immediately after the Honolulu City Council on Wednesday overrode Mayor Peter Carlisle's veto by a vote of 7-2.
The bill bans all commercial activity at Kailua and Kalama beach parks, supplanting an earlier measure, Bill 5, which limited commercial activity to weekdays.
Approval of the override was unchanged from an earlier vote taken on July 11, when the Council sent the measure to the mayor's desk. Breene Harimoto and Romy Cachola were the only councilmembers to vote in support of the mayor's veto.
Councilman Ikaika Anderson, who sponsored Bill 11 and shepherd it through the council, rejected any notion the measure will impact tourism.
"Bill 11 is not an anti-visitor bill," said Anderson. "Windward Oahu has welcomed visitors for years, and we will continue to do so."
Many of the Kailua residents who testified in support of the ban on commercial activities at the two popular beach parks spoke about the massive influx of tour buses, kayaks and people into the area in recent years.
"We have been engulfed by a tidal wave of tourism that has threatened our residential community and its most precious resource – Kailua Beach Park, Kailua Bay and its offshore islands," said Molly Foti.
However, small business owners who make their living by renting kayaks and other ocean equipment said the bill will do little to ease the crush of tour buses and people that converge on the area.
"Tour buses can drop off at city bus stops," said Jeff Tobias, a co-owner of Windward WaterSports. "Kayakers can rent from the business that's across the street within walking distance, or go to the other shops and rent from those businesses and put it on their cars and take it to the beaches themselves."
Under Bill 5, which the mayor approved in March, any commercial activity at a city park is required to take out a permit. But Parks and Recreation Director Gary Cabato told councilmembers the permitting process could take as long as three years because of required environmental reviews.