It makes sense for islands to be owned by one person because the ecosystem is so integral. You need a single owner to manage it all correctly. Otherwise end up with a tyranny of too many decision makers and gridlock. You know, the water pool on one side of the island is developed into a hotel while the grassland on the other side all the animals die because they can't get fresh water because there's only one water source. That sort of thing.
The newspaper said that Murdock had become a frustrated owner of Pineapple Island, where some residents were opposed to his plan to build windmills to provide electricity to Oahu.
Most of the benefit of the wind farms (aside from employment, which on a small island like Lanai is no small thing) would go to Oahu. Lanai residents might see a small drop in their electricity bills, but that's about it. I can't blame residents for not being happy with that deal.
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