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Beach fire rings will be moved

OCEANSIDE — If you’re looking for a spot to roast wieners on the beach, you will need to look somewhere other than the north side of Oceanside Pier come August. City Council decided to relocate four fire rings that sit north of Oceanside Pier in a 3-1 vote April 7, in which Councilwoman Esther Sanchez voted no.
Residents who live in the San Miguel beach condominiums, which are in close proximity to the fire rings, voiced heath concerns about toxic fumes generated by untreated wood and random items burned in the fire rings. Those with asthma, emphysema, cancer and heart disease were especially concerned about the unhealthy air the fires create.
Residents suggested that the fire rings be moved down the beach south of the pier. “If you ask me where, south of the pier, we should move them, I think Encinitas is a good place,” Ezio Morici, an Oceanside resident, said.
While the concerns of San Miguel residents will be addressed when a new location is determined, there is a new concern that a Pandora’s box may be opened with no one welcoming the fire rings in front of their home.
“It’s privatizing the beach,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to go there.”
Presently the fire rings are considered a public resource and need to be available for residents and tourists to use, Peter Weiss, city manager, said. “To remove them may be a serious issue (with the Coastal Commission),” Weiss said.
The fire rings will continue to be available for use, but where to put them still needs to be determined. Ideas were bantered around to relocate the fire rings, further north, south, or even to rotate their location. “Every 30 days we can move them and spread the burden around, but still keep them available to the general public,” Weiss said.
A recommendation on where to put the fire rings will be brought back to council in approximately 60 days. A Coastal Commission permit may be needed to relocate them.
Mayor Jim Wood said he will not support a plan that requires Costal Commission approval. Wood said the city should be able to resolve the issue with input from the Harbor and Beaches Committee.

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Simon M. April 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Bring your own fire pit to the beach. The fire pits were there when they bought the condo’s. If you live on a golf course, expect a few golf balls.

genuinebeachbum April 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

The fire rings have been there longer than most of the residents. They are a public resource. It’s like buying a place near the airport and then complaining about the noise.

They have a choice close their windows, shut up or MOVE!

Burns April 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

“It’s privatizing the beach”

My advice: Look before you leap when it comes to buying property next to a *PUBLIC* beach or don’t move here.
Oside/Carlsbad/Encinitas were much better back in the day when there was less out of state riff-raff moving in.

I’ll continue to burn pallets, thank you very much!

Stranded April 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Just fine people if they’re caught burning trash or other stuff that shouldn’t be burned which creates the fumes. Isn’t it illegal anyway to burn that kind of stuff? There are stores in the area that sell real firewood. . . I don’t think the fire rings should be moved. Just post signs about not burning anything except real firewood and fine people if they don’t follow the rules. Have the cops do random checks and write tickets if people are caught.

Monica M. April 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

They should eliminate city firepits and adopt Carlsbads bring-your-own policy. You can build a fire on the beach as long as it is contained within A firepit. This would alleviate much of the burning of plastics… who wants a molten gooey mess to haul back to your home and scrape out later? The fires would then be sporadic and transient, “spreading the burden around” automatically. It would also prevent so many vacationers (who tend to party harder and more recklessly) from building fires if they have to invest in a personal firepit. In turn, allowing more beach amenities to local taxpayers.

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