OCEAN BEACH, CA. According to our most recent poll that was up for an entire week – what do people want to see in OB’s current empty store fronts? – the winning category of respondents want “Mom and pop locally-owned businesses” as “a priority.” Of 110 respondents, 40 voted for this – 36% of all votes. The poll ran from August 6th to the 13th.
The second most popular response was “Businesses that serve the neighborhood, not tourists or specialty shoppers (like antique buyers).” This had 25 votes or 23% of all votes.
17 voted – 15% – for “More reasonably priced or inexpensive restaurants.” This was a surprise.
15 voters or 14% of all voters checked the response: “The market will determine who moves in, it’s not a decision for the community.” They apparently don’t think the community should have any say – and they could be historically right.
10 voters – 9% – wanted to express their feelings: “I don’t care how many pot dispensaries there are on Newport.”
1 voter – 1% – each voted for “more antique stores and malls”; “More bars”, and “Corporate franchises that offer inexpensive food and drink.” No one wanted more men or women’s clothing stores. More surf shops or head shops were not a choice, for some reason.
In sum, then 65 voters out of 110 – 59% – want to see more “Mom and Pop” or neighborhood-serving businesses to take flower in the closed-up storefronts that now dot the community.
A sizable number each wanted more inexpensive restaurants or didn’t think the community had a say in such matters – all for the market to decide.
Nearly 10% sacrificed their vote to express their view that they did not mind more medical marijuana dispensaries on the main business street. A strong statement, indeed.
Of course, we cannot determine how many of the 110 respondents actually live or own businesses in Ocean Beach.
So – here is some evidence of what OBceans want to take the place of the empty buildings. Some people in the community want to build additional new buildings – there’s a rumor that the owner of the building that Rock Paper Scissors was in want to construct something in the nextdoor parking lot. Plus, World Oil (or whatever they’re called now) wants to build a two-story medical building at the corner of Sunset Cliffs and Voltaire.