OCEAN BEACH, CA. Two recent polls – one by this blog – and one that is still on-going by the Peninsula Beacon, show that most – or at least the respondents – want to keep the annual July 4th Marshmallow War around. The Ocean Beach public event has been the subject of debate recently after the mess that was left behind. (Just recently was the the marshmallow mess on the OB Veteran’s Memorial cleaned up by volunteers and the OBMA.)
Our blog ran a poll for a week and received 80 respondents. Clearly most – 56 respondents, 71%, wanted the event to continue, although nearly half of them (33% of total) wanted some kind of volunteer-run controls placed on the craziness.
In opposition were 22 respondents – 28% – believed the Marshmallow War was out of control and needed to be ended.
These figures fit in with the Beacon’s poll, which asked “Has the annual OB Fourth of July post-fireworks marshmallow fight become an unsafe public event?” 67% said ‘no’ while 33% said ‘yes.’ The total number of respondents were not disclosed by the weekly newspaper. Their poll is supposed to run another two days.
Several questions have arisen over the course of this marshmallow debate: why did the police expand the traditional area of the gooey fight – from the two firepits to the entire area between the pier and the life guard station? And also, if controls are to be placed on the event – which most obervers agree now has a life of its own, who and how will those controls be put in place?
The community has a year to figure this out.