Help stop the Park Service from limiting beach fires in the fire pits!
After all the hard work that the Burners Without Borders, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Beach Foundation, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy did a few years ago working with the Park Service to build fire pits and create a fair policy and allow beach fires to continue the National Park Service is once again trying to further limit fire in these very same fire pits!
The new NPS fire permit proposal wants to completely ban fires during the winter months (November 1 to February 28) and then limit fires the rest of the year from 9am-3pm, then 4pm-9pm. And they want make it onerous and expensive by requiring anyone wanting to have a fire in one of the firepits to buy a $25-35 permit before even showing up!
The latter is really screwed up as Supervisor Eric Mar and the CIty of San Francisco has offered $185,000 to cover all Ocean Beach maintenance costs for two years! The only reason for NPS to charge a permit fee is to make it onerous and ruin what is one of the few remaining free, open fun activities people can do in San Francisco.
What can I do? You ask…
Tom Price is heading up the effort to stop the NPS from putting these onerous restrictions on the use of the Ocean Beach fire pits. He has requested that people email him a letter stating their support for continuing the fair beach fire policy that is already in place. He will print out these letters and bring them to the Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting meeting next week Thursday, Sept 24, 6pm to 8:30 pm.
Anyone and all are of course welcome to join at the Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting to voice your support. I know Tom would love to have you there.
Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting
Thursday, September 24
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Presentation/Discussion at 6:30 pm
County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
In the Auditorium
1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Information gathered at the meeting will be used to further develop the proposal, which will be released in early October for a 30 day public review and comment period.
Help keep San Francisco fun!