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Opponents May Try To Undo Booze Ban

A measure that would ban alcohol at San Diego beaches and coastal parks has been approved. The measure would make the consumption of alcohol unlawful at all city beaches, Mission Bay Park and other c

A measure that would ban alcohol at San Diego beaches and coastal parks has been approved.  The measure would make the consumption of alcohol unlawful at all city beaches, Mission Bay Park and other coastal recreation areas.  KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The San Diego City Council enacted a temporary ban on alcohol at city beaches in November.

Prop. D extends the ban.

Scott Chipman with SafeBeachesSan Diego says the ban has made beaches safer.

Chipman: The opportunity to have the majority of the year alcohol-free has shown people the difference between an alcohol-free beach and one that's full of binge drinking, alcohol games, intimidation and all the negative effects that come as a result of out-of-control drinking.

He says without alcohol, city beaches are more attractive to families and tourists and there's less crime.
      
A recent police report found alcohol-related crimes overall dropped this year in San Diego's beach areas after the temporary ban was in place.

Opponents say alcohol-related crime dropped because of a decrease in tourists.

Jacob Pyle, with the group that opposes the ban, says the city has modified bans in the past and could do so again.

Pyle: The city has voted no on an alcohol-ban twice before and we were outspent by 10-to-1. And so I figure, if we lose this round, we've got two more shots at it to rescind the ban and bring it back and get a little piece of San Diego back for everybody who pays taxes and lives in the city.

Pyle says there are better solutions to a complete ban, including banning alcohol on holidays only.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.