Council will debate a set of changes to rules for local beaches and the regulation of some community events.

Some of the updates are administrative in nature and cover small bookkeeping issues. For example, existing beach codes were established before the City took control of the Annenberg Beach House and the facility is currently excluded from relevant sections of the city code. Staff are asking for the property to be brought under the control of the relevant codes governing beaches and park property.  

A second revision will explicitly allow staff to ban individuals from the city’s aquatic facilities. Current rules allow for issuing an administrative citation and staff can suspend an organization’s use permit but suspending use for an individual is not explicitly part of the code. The suspension would mirror those applied to the library allowing the individual to appeal the suspension and limiting the timeframe to one year maximum.

Under existing rules, group activities (defined as less than 20 people) for individuals under the age of 18 require a permit on local beaches. Staff are asking the permit process be expanded to cover groups of adults.

Over the past several years, the City has seen an increase in organized adult groups of more than 20 entering the water for ocean swims and training,” said the report. “These groups include swim clubs, school teams and other swim training organizations. The unregulated organized group swim activity has caused use conflicts, overcrowding, and potentially unsafe conditions.”

Staff said requiring a permit will allow lifeguards to better plan for everyone’s safety.

“With the increase in adult-organized groups of 20 or more persons entering the water, staff is proposing expanding Code 4.55.210 to cover all organized groups, regardless of age,” said the staff report. “Such groups that visit the beach and enter the water would be required to acquire a City permit. Issuing permits for all groups when more than 20 persons enter the water will assist Los Angeles County Lifeguards in managing the water and ensuring adequate lifeguard coverage.”

The final revision will allow vending during community events in residential neighborhoods. The change would allow activities like hosting a food truck during a block party.

Currently no vending is allowed on a closed street at a neighborhood street event or residential block party,” said the staff report. “Changing this policy to allow for vending or commercial activity on closed street events may offer benefits such as promoting and encouraging cultural enrichment, economic sustainability and vitality, and the enhancement of community identity. Additionally, neighborhood-serving businesses will have a better opportunity to engage with area residents. Neighborhood groups may be more apt to take part in a neighborhood block party as revenue from vendors (i.e. food trucks) may help cover the costs of producing the event.”

Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18 in City Hall, 1685 Main Street. Closed session begins at 5:30 p.m. and open session will not begin before 6:30 p.m.

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