ASSEMBLYMAN TRAVIS ALLEN
Bill to Protect Beach Bonfires Passes Out of Committee
Assembly Bill 1102 protects the beloved community pastime of beach bonfires in fire rings
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 1102, which will protect beach bonfires for all Californians passed out of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations with unanimous bipartisan support.
“Beach bonfires are an activity enjoyed by people from all across California, including those who cannot afford multi-million dollar beachfront homes. This legislation will ensure that every Californian has access to our beautiful beaches through the affordable attraction of a beach bonfire,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “It’s important that we work together to protect our environment while preserving this historic, safe, and inexpensive family recreational tradition on our beaches.”
It would be hard to imagine the Orange County Coast without fire rings on the beach. While I sympathize with the need to reduce pollution in Orange County, the community must support any action to address the need. I want to support our cities’ actions that will ensure they are in compliance with both Rule 444 and the Coastal Act – we must work collaboratively to protect our beautiful resources,” said Assembly Member Quirk-Silva.
The SCAQMD recently enacted regulations that would result in the removal of many Orange County fire rings. This rule affects bonfire rings in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and is set to go into effect on March 1, 2014.
AB 1102 would protect the Southern California tradition of beach bonfires by requiring the South Coast Air Quality Management District to work with local cities and other coastal oversight agencies to prove that there will be no loss of beach access, no harm to local economies, and that any environmental concerns are addressed before a city can remove the fire rings from the beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
The legislation follows the unanimous passage of ACR 52, which supports access to California’s beaches and the continued enjoyment of the community tradition of beach bonfires. ACR 52 received overwhelming support from both Houses of the Legislature and had 60 co-authors in the Assembly.
“This is an issue that has united many people in my district and around our state regardless of political, socioeconomic, or cultural background. AB 1102 will safeguard necessary coastal access protections and environmental matters while protecting the unique and historic activity of a California beach bonfire.” said Assemblyman Allen.
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