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Solana Beach Says ‘Yes’ To Prop B Over Fletcher Cove Community Center

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Fletcher Cove Community Center in Solana Beach, overlooking the ocean and an ideal spot for public and private events. But it is in a residential neighborhood and has generated heated controversy over how often to allow events where alcohol is served.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, Prop B in Solana Beach has passed with 52 percent of the vote.

The "yes" vote means private parties will be allowed at the oceanfront community center every weekend instead of every second weekend, and there won't be a guest drink-limit.

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Supporters of the initiative argued that since the community had helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the center, the public should be allowed to use it freely.

Mary Jane Boyd, who campaigned for the initiative, was delighted.

“I think it sends a clear message to our city council that we need to be heard," she said, "It has restored my faith in the democratic process.”

Boyd said the dispute reflects a division between the priorities of residents who live east and west of Interstate five. The campaign has bitterly divided Solana Beach, a city of just more than 13,000 people.

City council members said their restrictions were designed as a compromise. Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner said she was disappointed by the vote. She said many voters didn’t understand the significance of the proposition, which could leave the city vulnerable to lawsuits from litigious neighbors.

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