OCEAN BEACH, CA. The results of our last week’s poll on the beach alcohol ban show a clear over-all dissatisfaction with the booze prohibition.
59% of our 105 respondents voiced discontent with the ban. People voted that the ban trampled their freedoms or that they had less fun at the beach, objecting to not being able to bring a cup of wine or beer to the sand.
Another 40% felt the beach was either a lot safer or a lot cleaner. The poll began on August 29, 2009, and ran for a week.
Here is the poll – with the responses in order as they were presented:
With Labor Day approaching, how do you feel the ban on alcoholic beverages on the beach has worked?
* No change, other than trampling my freedoms.
18–17% of all votes
* I see no difference.
1–1% of all votes
* I love it. The beach is a lot safer now.
25–24% of all votes
* The beach is a lot cleaner now.
17–16% of all votes
* I have less fun at the beach. I really object to not being able to bring a cup of wine or beer to the beach every now and then.
44–42% of all votes
Six out of 10 respondents appeared to oppose the ban. (We have no way to determine who the respondents were or where they lived.)
This opposition to booze at the beach reflects the opposition to Prop D at the beach when it was brought before voters in late 2008. Ocean Beach, in particular, rejected the ban by 2 to 1. Other beach communities also voted against it. (Go here for a map of the vote and analysis.)
Along with the appearance this summer of floating raft parties of up to 3,000 beer guzzling young people on Mission Bay who have found a way around the prohibition on the sand, our poll demonstrates a stiff and perhaps growing opposition to the ban of drinking alcohol at the beach. Labor Day weekend witnessed the continuation of this floating trend.