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Alcohol & Crime In Pacific Beach

There is no question that some individual properties and individual visitors to San Diego's most popular tourist beaches, cause problems. I've lived here 10 years and have young children and experience many challenges with some of the younger members of the community. I think the beach ban was warranted, because there was no one particular entity/person/property that could be held reponsible for problems on public property. And I don't think its to illogical to ban 6000 people on innertubes from swimming out to overhead water to drink. That said, I must be fair and admit it is clearly a cultural issue that our anti-alcohol groups are now trying to frame as a business issue.

Many nights I wish that Pacific Beach was quieter, however, I like every homeowner here, know that my property is worth more because of the high values of homes here, mainly attributable to their rental values and proximity to the action of PB. I can't have my cake and eat it too. This isn't La Jolla Shores, we have a big business district, and we gain tremendously from our beaches popularity.

Though I, like many, wish for 2010 property values with 1960 atmosphere, who am I to dictate a business owners' business model. There are many new vacant businesses on Garnet Ave. Adding more laws and permit fees will stifle business growth even more. There will be no incentive for all of these old restaraunts (all our buildings in PB are getting old) to upgrade their facilities when they have to pay thousands of dollars and navigate lengthy legal proceedings just to do so. Enforce the laws we have, press charges against the obnoxious drunks who are caught, CAPP the problem houses.

July 1, 2010 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )