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!
- Clerk of the Boards, South Coast Air Quality Management District
I have just signed a petition asking to remove the prohibition on beach burning as proposed in the amendments to Rule 444, which would result in the removal of the beach bonfire rings on all Southern California beaches. I am deeply saddened by the possibility of losing the fire rings, as they have been an important part of the California beach experience for over 60 years. They provide an affordable means for gathering family and friends on Southern California shores to celebrate our outdoor beach lifestyle. The experience at the bonfire rings is one that I hope will be available to future generations.
While the public has used these bonfire rings for generations, the State of California and local cities earn substantial income from those who enjoy them. The removal of fire rings in the City of Huntington Beach alone would significantly decrease the number of annual visitors, and result in a loss of $1 million annually in revenue to the City from direct beach bonfire-related parking income. The negative economic impact on the many hoteliers, restaurateurs, grocery, retail and concessions that rely on visitor spending would be astounding. This does not even include the impact it would have on cities such as Newport Beach, Dana Point, and Los Angeles.
Additionally, the California State Parks of Orange County receive more than 11.9 million visitors annually, resulting in $19 million dollars in revenue. A survey by the State Parks revealed they stand to lose 50% of their camping revenue should they lose the beach bonfire rings. The state cannot afford to lose more revenue in these economic times.
I ask that you please allow fire rings to remain on our California beaches. Fire rings and bonfires offer us a unique experience and great opportunities to share and bond with our loved ones. Please do not deny us these precious, time-honored traditions that allow us to come together.
Thank you for your time.
Huntington Beach Marketing and Visitors Bureau started this petition with a single signature, and now has 14,613 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.