Del Mar Fairgrounds an anachronism

Fairgrounds CEO Tim Fennell said there has been $191 million worth of upgrades to the fairgrounds property over the past 18 years, so the proposed $120 million purchase price is less than the cost of recent capital improvements.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds dust-up is so much silliness. The fairgrounds is an anachronism; horse racing is a dying activity and a county fair held for a few weeks amid some of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the country is absurd (not to mention gun shows and home improvement expos).

The whole area should be re-purposed. It would make a wonderful college campus, a high-tech or laboratory park, or a multi-use activity center. Any of those uses would be more in fitting with the environs.

Look at it this way: If the facility never existed and the state was scouting around the county for a fairgrounds site, would they now choose this parcel at the corner of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe? Not likely. Qualcomm, yes; Oceanside, yes.

Do the right thing for a change, public servants and leaders: Turn the earth over there and make way for a 21st century tenant.
Joe Azzinaro
Del Mar

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