This is a proposal to form some type of task force or coalition of Ocean Beach organizations to deal with the problem of the out of control July 4th marshmallow wars.
This proposal is based on several premises:
- The historic tradition has gone out of control, is getting worse each year – as evidenced by this year’s mess and melee. The current state of affairs, as most OBceans would agree, is unacceptable.
- It must change – and it must change over the coming year, as it will not be going away, and next year – unless dealt with – will be worse than this year.
- The marshmallow war tradition is a uniquely Ocean Beach problem. The community, the village, OBceans – must deal with it ourselves. It cannot be left up to politicians.
- We cannot allow the marshmallow wars to become a police issue or problem. This would be a waste of their time, resources, and a drain on taxpayer dollars. Plus, by simply leaving it to the cops to handle the issue would create an even greater problem.
IT IS PROPOSED:
That community groups, organizations, and associations of the Ocean Beach area form a Task Force open to all and any local residents and business owners in order to come to a community consensus on how to handle future marshmallow fights on July 4th.
It is suggested that the following groups join and make up this coalition:
- OB Town Council
- Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association
- OB Planning Board
- OB Woman’s Club
- Association of OB restaurants
- The Green Store
- OB Rag
- SurfRider – OB Chapter
- the Kiwanis
- the Masonic Center
IT is further proposed, that the Ocean Beach Town Council become the lead organization in this Task Force in order to call it together.
It is proposed that this Task Force come together over the next year and work out a compromise solution to the problem of the July 4th marshmallow fight, and that the Task Force enlist the assistance of San Diego press and media, radio and television stations to advertise this community solution in order to educate the wider San Diego community on what the village of Ocean Beach has decided to do about this OB problem.