As of Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 5th
County Environmental Health officials have just notified the OB Rag – at our inquiry – that we and our dogs can go back into the ocean at Dog Beach and South Mission.
By Stephanie Denton
Here are my notes from the Ocean Beach Planning Board Meeting – Wed., Dec. 4th.
The planning board meeting opened up with a modification to the agenda bringing the CVS Pharmacy ABC License Type 21 to being the first of action Items to be addressed tonight. The CVS representatives presented their Proposed OB Community Benefits Package which was created by meetings between CVS and members of the Town Council and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.
Gretchen Kinney Newsom president of the Ocean Beach Town Council spoke as the floor was open to the public and reported to the Planning Board that CVS has cooperated with all of the OB Town Council’s requests and that she now supports CVS coming into the neighborhood.
CVS has vowed on their word that they will follow through with the proposals in the OB Community Benefits Package.
CVS vows in their Community Benefits Package to a variety of Alcohol Security Measures, 2 of which were modified by the board. It was clarified that there will be no bottles of liquor less than 755ml for sale. In support of local brewery’s who largely sell 22oz bottles of their product, CVS will allow the sale of these although single beers will not be sold otherwise.
By Matthew Wood
It’s officially the holiday season in Ocean Beach: The OB Christmas tree has been planted in the sand.
The 60-foot-or-so star pine was cut down Tuesday morning from the yard of the Kuhn family at 4879 Coronado Ave. and transported with much fanfare to its spot near the boardwalk just off Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.
“Whenever we do a tree, we want to find one that can be donated,” said OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom, who said the tree’s roots were coming into the house and it needed to be cut down anyway.
“It was identified as already needing to come down. We try and go local first, but we’re not interested in just cutting down a tree.”
Even though it traveled just a few blocks, it was quite a journey. Crews came out around 8 a.m. on Tuesday and spent nearly three hours taking the tree down and putting on the back of a 48-foot trailer for the ceremonial ride through OB.
The first snag came at Cable and Del Monte, when a few branches had to be sacrificed in order for it to make the left turn.
Looks like the Ocean Beach Planning Board has a full agenda for their monthly meeting tonight, Wed., Dec. 4th. The Board meets at 6pm sharp inside the OB Recreation Center at Santa Monica and Ebers.
Two big ticket items are the OB Community Plan Update and CVS Pharmacy’s alcohol permit. Also included are applications for demolitions of 2 single family houses on the 4700 block of Del Mar Avenue and additions to two buildings on Castelar Street.
The Board will also be doing some housekeeping for their upcoming annual election in March of next year.
Board Expected to Approve Community Plan Update
Unless the glaciers melt tonight, the Board is expected to approve the OB Community Plan Update Draft along with any inclusions from feedback the Board heard at the Town Hall meeting they held on Nov. 13th as well as other criticisms given since the Update was made available to the public earlier this year.
CVS Pharmacy’s Alcohol Permit
Also on the agenda is CVS Pharmacy’s return before the full Board on their application for a license for the sale of beer, wine and other liquor for off-premise consumption.
Just recently, the Ocean Beach Town Council passed a resolution that supports the ban on plastic bags in the City of San Diego. When the Council met, it passed it in support of the ordinance before the City.
Here is some of the language in the Resolution (which can be found on the OBTC website):