OCEAN BEACH, CA. The Reader reported on Monday, July 5th, that over two dozen RV owners were forced out of the OB Pier parking lot by San Diego Police. And alot of grumbling was going on. Apparently, many of the RVs had pulled into the parking lot at the end of Newport Avenue in the early hours of the 4th in order to get close, set up their grills and their families. The police arrived at 8 am and forced them all to leave, upon threat of arrest and towing of their vehicles.
Over the last few years, police have commandeered the Life Guard parking lot for the July 4th craziness. But all reports are that there are less arrests, less rowdiness, and less problems at the beach during the holiday. So why the extra spaces? We hope to track down some reasons.
Here’s the top of the Reader article:
By Grant Madden
The Ocean Beach pier parking lot has traditionally been a coveted location for RV owners to park on the 4th of July. The lot is steps to the beach, amenities for children are close by, and the view for the evening fireworks is optimal.
Overnight parking is prohibited in the lot, so the first RVs began arriving shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday. No other signs prohibiting parking were in evidence. By 8 a.m., the parking lot was full, grills were fired, and then the police arrived.
Representatives of the San Diego Police Department, including the mounted unit, arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and evicted approximately 26 RV owners from the lot in order to facilitate parking for their own vehicles.
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