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Filner To Issue Permits For Over-The-Line Tournament

Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to announce Thursday that he will issue permits for next month's Over-the-Line tournament, despite legal action against the long-standing San Diego tradition.

FreePB.org, a group that opposes the city's ban on alcohol on city-run beaches, sued the city earlier this month, claiming it is playing favorite with permits.

The organization, which has staged drinking-oriented events at Mission Bay in the past, has been unable to obtain city permits. Its leaders point to heavy alcohol consumption at OTL, which is staged on Fiesta Island.

The 60th annual tournament, scheduled to take place July 13-14 and July 20-21, features thousands of three-person teams playing a modified form of softball.

The event is famous for beer drinking, scantily clad female spectators and lewd, but frequently clever, team names.

Filner's office said he will issue the permits to the OTL organizers, the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, because of the traditional nature of the event.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | June 27, 2013 at 7:08 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

if the city attorney came out in favor of otl, would Filner feel obligated to deny the permit?

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DonWood | June 27, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ― 1 year ago

OMBAC has a history with Over the Line. 50 years ago, its OTL tournaments might have been a bit rowdy, but today it puts on a well managed sporting event at which beer is sold to support local charities. From what I've read, FreePB exists primarily to look for ways to repeal or get around the city's beach booze ban. Media accounts portray its previous events as giant drinking parties, without any kind of sports connection. OMBAC is very careful to make sure that Fiesta Island is restored back to its natural condition when the OTL tournament is over. From media accounts, damage to neighbors private property has been a regular occurrence at the other organizations events. Hopefully the judge in this lawsuit will take history into account.

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