Rental agreement for the Fletcher Cove Community Center – Is it a compromise?

The Solana Beach City Council passed an ordinance on the rental provisions for the Fletcher Cove Community Center touting it as

a true compromise.

While Council made two concessions on fees and closure of the accordion doors, consider their actions on eight other issues:

•Council originally proposed allowing events on two of the three weekend evenings but stipulated they could not be on consecutive days, thus a Saturday rental obviated renting on Friday or Sunday.

The true compromise

solved the consecutive day problem by limiting private events to a

total of just two weekend days per month.

•People can park on neighboring streets to attend a meeting, class or Sing-Along, but

the true compromise

notes you should not park on residential streets for a private event.

•Capacity as established by the Fire Marshall is 50 when tables are used and 100 for standing events like an art show or theater seating for a lecture or musical performance.

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established an

absolute maximum of 50 people

thus prohibiting the latter three types of events even if valet/shuttle parking is utilized.

•While the Friends wanted one or the other,

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a Security Guard (now euphemistically called a Trained Host) and a “City Trained Bartender,” going even further requiring a Security Guard be employed even

when alcohol is not served.

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says that Solana Beach adult residents cannot be trusted to drink responsibly and a hand stamp or similar system must be employed to restrict consumption to

two glasses

of wine or beer regardless of the length of the event.•

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does not allow charity organizations and service clubs holding a fundraiser to have an Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved no-host bar.

•While the ABC and the Sheriff permit it,

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does not allow drinks to be carried onto a roped off area on the patio. It is acknowledged that to rope off the patio and still provide ADA access to the bluff top path, the City would have to extend the parking lot sidewalk but only by 10 feet.•

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prohibits use of a microphone and restricts the types of instruments a band may use.

You decide —

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– is it a compromise or needlessly excessive regulation? If you conclude excessive regulation, you should tell Council you are completely comfortable with their managing the rental process using provisions of the existing Municipal Code and you object to their spending over $200,000 for an election to reinstate the authority they relinquished in June and use it to impose a series of needlessly onerous regulations.

Jim Nelson,

Solana Beach