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Local businesses could be in jeopardy as resort changes managementUPDATED 11:56 PM HST Aug 14, 2014Video Transcript
JW Ihilani Resort is changing management---l eaving more than 500 employees in limbo. It's also putting a number of local businesses in jeopardy - with fears of a "lack of access" for a popular wedding spot. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa has the story all new at ten. 39 113 This is Reverend Kimo Taylor's fourth ceremony of the day at the popular wedding spot known as "secret beach" by the JW Ihilani Resort in Kapolei. This vow renewal of a visiting California couple is being shot by wedding photographer Robert Hamilton. Two businesses that benefit from the hotel. But soon, Marriott International, which currently owns the resort will no longer manage the property. Our partners - Pacific Business News - say that Four seasons will take over managing it in January 2015. 2203 I WAS TAKEN A BACK BY IT I DIDN'T REALIZE THEY HAD BEEN HAVING ANY AMOUNT OF PROBLEMS THEY HAVE HAD SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF WEDDING BUSINESS AS FAR AS WELL WE ARE CONCERNED AND THEY HAVE A BEAUTIFUL VENUE UP THERE THE LAWN 18 Taylor says this lawn is privately owned by the resort--with the property expected to be closed for construction in 2015 he's afraid he won't be able to use that as a wedding venue. Also THIS is the only easy access to this public beach by the resort.. Leaving wedding photographers wondering if it will be blocked during construction or by new management. 113 YOU DO HAVE TO WALK OVER JW MARRIOT PROPERTY TO REACH THE BEACH SO WE DON'T KNOW IF THEY WILL BE CLOSING OFF ANY SIDEWALKS OR ACCESS POINTS 25 A spokeswoman for Marriotts International could not say how it plans to handle rooms and weddings already booked for next year. The uncertainty worries private wedding businesses who are booked at these spots well into 2015. Their revenue could get drastically cut. 2333 JUST IN MY LITTLE BUSINESS ALONE I DO ANYWHERE FROM 12 TO 15 WEDDINGS A WEEK COMPANIES LIKE ROBERT AND OTHER VENUES I REPRESENT THEY ARE EQUALLY AS BUSY AS WE ARE 44 213 THEY MIGHT HAVE TO TRAVEL TO ANOTHER PART OF THE ISLAND DRIVE TO THE NORTH SHORE DRIVE TO WAIKIKI A LOT OF THEM DON'T WANT TO GO TO WAIKIKI THAT'S WHY THEY ARE STAYING IN THIS PART OF THE ISLAND 26 Developer Jeff Stone who is behind the change could not be reached for comment. 512 employees received the news yesterday. The Ihilani Resort workers are not represented by a union.