Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Great weather is expected for the 4th, which means extra crowds and traffic in our desirable beach community

Here’s the good news Laguna Beach, great weather ahead for the 4th of July weekend. Temps are looking to be in the low 80s with clear sunny skies.

What’s the bad news? Crowds! You can expect them Thursday all the way through the long weekend. Now, when I say bad, I’m mostly directing that towards residents who despise the accompanying parking and traffic impacts.

On the flip side, for the business community the extra crowds mean money and that’s good for them…fill our restaurants, pack our retail locations!

Now, the city doesn’t just turn a blind eye with all the crowds. The public, no matter where they’re from, are expected to observe all park and beach ordinances, some of which include:

–No private fireworks of any kind…period!

–No alcohol on the beaches or smoking in any public place.

–No canopies, awnings, umbrellas, tents or covers over six feet in height or wider than six feet square on or in any public beach or park. Any canopy, awning, umbrella, tent or cover installed, shall have no more than one side closed to public view.

–No portable barbecues are allowed in/on beaches or parks.

–No dogs are allowed on the beaches from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer season (June 15 through September 10).

And the good news is that the Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will be strictly enforcing all of these ordinances.

As you might imagine, crowds will hang around in town later into the evening to enjoy the planned drone show planned for Heisler Park. That means you can expect the Lawn Bowling Green and Monument Park areas to be closed all day of the 4th.

In addition, beginning at approximately 5 p.m., the area of Heisler Park from Myrtle Street to the Rockpile stairs at Jasmine Street will also be closed to the public.

To get around town, consider using the City Trolleys on the Coastal Run that will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., or along the Canyon Route from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

The drone show begins in Heisler Park at 9 p.m., and you can also enjoy the live audio simulcast on Voice of Laguna and KX FM simulcasting patriotic music along with it.

Once the show is over, expect crowds impacting Laguna Canyon and Coast Highway as the visitors begin exiting town.

For those of you still in denial and thinking that you’ll add in fireworks to the mix, bad idea. That includes “Safe and Sane.”

Laguna Beach Police, Fire and Marine Safety Departments will have extra officers working on the 4th looking for fireworks violations.

Persons in possession of or discharging fireworks of any kind – including firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, or anything that flies/shoots through the air – may be cited for a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to six months.

If you see or hear illegal fireworks being used in Laguna Beach, please call the non-emergency hotline at 949.497.0701 if you know the exact location.

Our city leaders work hard to make days like these the best and safest for all…they could certainly use your buy-in.

BTW, something for all to enjoy is the Condor Squadron Association’s flyover that will take place around 5:45 p.m., coming from the Huntington Beach direction.

The Condor Squadron proudly flies WWII North American AT-6 airplanes. The idea of these former fighter pilots is to preserve a piece of aviation history that played an important part in retaining our nation’s freedoms.

Enjoy all the festivities.

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As a reminder because of the July 4th holiday, the First Thursdays Art Walk for July will actually take place on the second Thursday for July only – the 11th.

As usual, the evening will celebrate the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public.

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Opportunities to play in or sponsor the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s 24th Annual Bob Margolis Golf Tournament are now available. The tournament is planned for Monday, Aug. 5 at Aliso Viejo Country Club.

The day will include golf, a silent auction and awards dinner. And, just announced, the tournament will include a helicopter golf ball drop with a chance to win a Montage Laguna Beach two-night Staycation valued at $5,500.

To purchase ball drop tickets, go here.

Attendance at the tournament is not required to win and all proceeds go towards supporting the club.

The find out more about opportunities to play and/or sponsorships, contact Michelle Fortezza at michellef@bgclaguna.org, or call 949.715.7584.


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