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MONDAY, March 2, 2009

Del Mar Makes Summer Beach Booze Ban Permanent

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Opening a cold one on the sands of Del Mar is no longer an option during the summer. The city council voted unanimously to make its seasonal ban permanent.

The beaches of Del Mar are changing, and Poppy Deada says for the better.

"We noticed a huge difference in traffic, we noticed a huge difference in everything," she said.

After the City of San Diego banned alcohol on its beaches last year, Del Mar started to get the overflow. Deanda says it took away from the calm family feel she was used to.

"It was about twice as crowded. It was ridiculous," she said.

But now a temporary summer ban in the beach city has become a permanent one.

"I think it's a great idea. It makes it a lot safer for me to bring my family down and have a nice family day at the beach. A major difference," Deanda said.

Del Mar's chief lifeguard Pat Vergne says the temporary restriction was a huge success giving way this year to another unanimous decision by the city council to ban alcohol on beaches from March 1 through t he day after Labor Day.

"People got the message, you know, we didn't get a lot of the rowdy's coming down. It was just really mostly family and kids coming down," Vergne said.

But the decision doesn't only affect the rowdies, and that's where Suzanne Place takes exception.

"I'm disappointed... it's a shame that one bad apple spoils the rest," she said.

Place says people need to be responsible for themselves, and if she wants to come down and enjoy a drink on the beach, it shouldn't be against the law. But for now the City of Del Mar disagrees, and Deanda says for those who don't, they've still got the rest of the year.

"During the winter you can still come down and have a glass of wine and watch the sunset and enjoy the beach," she said.

Oceanside, Carlsbad and Encinitas all have year-round bans on alcohol on city beaches. Solana Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach both implemented one-year bans last year, but permanent status is still undecided.

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