RIP OB Marshmallow Wars – 1985 to 2013
The Ocean Beach Town Council hopes to bury the OB Marshmallow Wars this July. And the group says: “Rest in Peace, OB Marshmallow Wars” – you lasted from 1985 to 2013, and now it’s time to bury you.
The Town Council is calling on community members to sign their “Pledge” to “Mallow out”. Plus they’re looking for volunteers for the Peace Patrol that will collect marshmallows in the hours leading up to the Fireworks show. The OBTC will also be devoting part of their next meeting on June 25th on the campaign to end the marshmallow as a weapon and destructive device in OB.
Here’s what the Town Council says about their campaign (from their website):
Another beautiful OB summer is just around the corner. With the warm weather, gorgeous natural scenery, and OB’s classic beach-town vibe, tourists and locals alike will soon be flocking to our shores.
That’s why it is so important for the OB community to always put our best foot forward and keep our visitors coming back year after year. The 4th of July is one of those days when we have the opportunity to show off all that OB has to offer to thousands of tourists. However, over the last few years, we have seen first-hand the trouble caused by the unregulated tradition of the “marshmallow war” after the fireworks show.
Last year, the Ocean Beach Town Council responded to an overwhelming call from OB residents and business owners to put an end to the “war.” Residents asked the Town Council to take action because bystanders – including a child and a senior citizen — were injured in the melee, businesses were damaged, and more than 2,000 pounds of trash were left behind on the beach and Veterans Plaza. The cleanup cost thousands of dollars and the negative publicity lasted for days. Our resolution calling for an end to the “war” passed by unanimous vote.
Here’s the Resolution:
OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL RESOLUTION:
END the 4th of JULY MARSHMALLOW FIGHT
Whereas, the Ocean Beach Town Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the betterment and welfare of our community.
Whereas, the Town Council Board of Directors recognizes the annual 4th of July marshmallow fight is a tradition that started as a friendly rivalry between two Ocean Beach families involving a small group of people and no significant property damage.
Whereas, the annual 4th of July marshmallow fight has devolved into a rolling, violent altercation in which some bystanders have been injured and had their property destroyed.
Whereas, the 2013 marshmallow fight desecrated the Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, left thousands of pounds of marshmallows on the streets and beaches, damaged clean-up equipment, and made the intersection of Newport and Abbott virtually impassable.
Whereas, the 2013 fight resulted in negative attention and harsh criticism from tourists, local business owners and media outlets, and prompted hundreds of Ocean Beach residents to call for the permanent end of the marshmallow fight.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors calls for the continuation of the annual 4th of July fireworks show but an end to the marshmallow fight. It is further resolved that the Board will call upon San Diego Police to enforce the City’s littering and vandalism laws, and target any individual seen throwing potentially harmful objects in public areas on the 4th of July.
The Board is willing to assist the City by executing a comprehensive public relations campaign in advance of the holiday advising people that the fight has been cancelled and warning that police will be citing lawbreakers. Further, we request that Ocean Beach businesses stop selling marshmallows, marshmallow-firing devices, T-shirts and other paraphernalia that promote the fight. We also call upon OB residents to respect the wishes of their neighbors and not participate in July 4 activities that do not contribute to the beautification and welfare of Ocean Beach.