By Christopher Cadelago / San Diego U-T / October 19, 2010
PACIFIC BEACH — When San Diegans approved a booze ban at city beaches, bay shores and coastal parks, they uncorked a cascade of complications that two years later have left some calling for tighter restrictions and others decrying further affronts to their liberties.
There’s little argument that the ban, enacted after a drunken melee and later made permanent by voters, has led to a marked reduction in crime, vagrancy and littering.
The ban also is blamed for spawning a series of alcohol-fueled parties on Mission Bay and at Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park in Pacific Beach, all promoted through Facebook and other social-networking websites. In response, the San Diego City Council moved to end “floatopia” booze parties by voting unanimously to prohibit drinking on the bay.
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Alcohol ban at PB park gets committee support
By Christopher Cadelago / San Diego U-T / October 20, 2010
PACIFIC BEACH — Overwhelming support for a blanket ban on alcohol at a neighborhood park beset by binge drinkers led a San Diego City Council committee Wednesday to expedite the prohibition process.
The Natural Resources and Culture Committee voted unanimously to cast aside a proposed compromise and instead recommended that the 24-hour alcohol ban at Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park be rushed to the full council within 30 days. Committee members also directed the City Attorney’s Office to study a potential emergency ordinance that, if passed, would take effect immediately.
The popular park in Pacific Beach has been the focus of the community’s fight against public drinking since voters approved the beach booze ban two years ago. Because of the park’s proximity to the surf, and its ocean views, it has become a favorite spot for young adults looking to get sloshed.
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