Fairgrounds warned over fireworks
Spokeswoman says all plans are still go for annual display
As expected, the Del Mar Fairgrounds received a warning letter from the Coast Law Group outlining various “legal repercussions” if it goes through with its annual Fourth of July fireworks display.
Attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Livia Borak sent the letter on behalf of the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, CERF, an environmental organization founded by North County surfers to advocate for the protection of coastal natural resources.
The letter was addressed to 22nd District Agricultural Association Chief Executive Officer Tim Fennell. It notes the damaging discharge of pollutants from fireworks into the sensitive wetlands that surround the fairgrounds on three sides.
Fairgrounds spokeswoman Linda Zweig said all plans remain in order for both the fair and the annual fireworks display. She said the 22nd DAA staff would be reviewing the recently received letter.
The letter says the 22nd DAA has been doing its Fourth of July fireworks display without the proper permits since 1993. The fairgrounds governing body lacks a Coastal Development Permit in violation of the California Coastal Act and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to adhere to the Clean Water Act, the letter says. Borak has said the earliest a NPDES permit could be obtained would be February 2011.
The group has sent similar letters to various entities in San Diego County that plan to host a Fourth of July fireworks event, including the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation, which puts on the annual fireworks display at La Jolla Cove.
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