SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego will be able to fund maintenance of its beach fire rings without private donations for the first time in more than three years, according to the mayor's office.
Maintenance of the concrete rings has been caught up in the past few years of budget cutting, but spending reductions are expected to be comparatively minimal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced that the city will finish the current fiscal year with a surplus.
Upkeep of the rings costs about $120,000 annually. A little more than half that sum was donated for the current fiscal year by the San Diego Foundation, San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and La Jolla Community Foundation.
Without funding for maintenance, the rings would have been removed.
Civic and tourism officials say the ability to have cookouts and bonfires by the water is one of San Diego's best attractions -- a lure for visitors and contributor to the quality of life of residents.
Sanders will thank the donors when he makes his official announcement late Tuesday at Sunset Point Park.
Weak onshore flow returns late Friday morning. Inland areas will remain dry but with light winds. Morning fog possible Saturday morning as marine layer returns.
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The San Diego Humane Society on Thursday deployed its emergency response team to Butte County to assist in animal rescues as the Camp Fire continues to devastate Northern California.
Aided by diminishing winds, fire crews expanded the containment line around the deadly Woolsey Fire Thursday, while more evacuation orders were lifted and a firefighter was hospitalized after being run over by a vehicle while sleeping.
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Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
The strong winds we saw this week left a mess in some parts of the county - including at a very special horse-riding facility in Ramona.
Five nurses from Scripps Health, who are part of a medical response team, are traveling to Northern California to care for the people affected by the Camp Fire.