by Channel 10News / February 27, 2011
A veterans group is moving forward with plans to relocate to a new neighborhood although the group says it is not welcome there.
After a month’s delay, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1392 is working to make a former market in Ocean Beach at the corner of Ebers Street and Point Loma Avenue a permanent home as it continues to talk with community members about the one sticking point.
“At the end of the day, the alcohol is the issue,” said neighbor Mike Zucchet.
The post spent 27 years at its old Newport Avenue location until the lease was not renewed last summer. Residents near the new location said they worry about noise, crowds and drunken behavior.
“I want to sit in my patio and enjoy the sun without the noise that’s associated with that kind of camaraderie,” said resident Patty Lewis.
Post commander William Havrilla said he rejects the idea that the VFW post is nothing more than a bar.
“It is not a bar,” said Havrilla. “It is… social quarters for veterans who I’m pretty sure have all earned the right if they want to go have a beer they can have a beer.”
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