The South Coast AQMD (Air Quality Management District) has proposed amendments to Rule 444 that would result in the removal of all Southern California beach fire rings.
The fire rings have been an important part of our beach experience for over 60 years. They provide an affordable means of gathering family and friends on Southern California shores to celebrate our outdoor beach lifestyle with s'mores and hotdog roasting under the stars, all while enjoying the glow of a warm fire.
While the fire rings are a low cost activity for Southern California residents and visitors, the State of California and local cities also earn income from those who enjoy them. The loss of the fire rings would result in a loss of $1 million annually in direct parking income for the City of Huntington Beach. It would also have a painful economic impact on other cities that offer beach bonfire rings, including Newport Beach, Dana Point and Los Angeles. The California State Parks of Orange County receive more than 11.9 million visitors annually, resulting in $19 million dollars in revenue. Can the State and local cities afford to lose revenue in these economic times? No, they can't.
Sign this petition now and let the AQMD know that you want to keep the fire rings on our beaches.
If you want to take additional action, attend the Public Hearing at AQMD Headquarters on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 9 am. AQMD Headquarters is located at 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.
Let your voice be heard.
Visit the website at www.SaveTheBonfireRings.com to get fact sheets, send a direct letter to AQMD board members, donate to the cause and get updated news on the effort to save the bonfire rings. You can also like our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SaveTheBonfireRings. Thank you for your support!
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