NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The South Coast Air Quality Management District board will hold a public meeting Thursday to solicit feedback from residents about a new proposal that aims to restrict fire pits along Southern California beaches.
AQMD’s meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency at 1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido have developed a plan that would allow clean-fueled fire pits that use natural gas or propane fuel as a replacement for wood fires.
AQMD “conducted scientific testing of beach fires’ impact on air quality in nearby communities,” Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said in a statement. “We believe this new approach will better protect public health while allowing beach fires to continue as a popular Southern California pastime.”
Newport Beach officials, who requested a ban on fire rings after residents complained of health issues, have agreed to participate in the pilot program.
Huntington Beach officials, have been opposed to a ban, stating fire pits along their beaches bring in more than $1 million in parking revenue annually.
“We’ve had beach parties for years, why take that away from the kids?” a Huntington Beach resident told KNX1070’s Ron Kilgore. “It’s free, it’s fun.”