Harbor Police to discuss illegal vessel charters
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The Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police Department invites the public to attend an upcoming outreach session to provide input on the issue of illegal vessel charters operating in San Diego Bay, in order to assist the Port’s efforts to improve regulation of these businesses. The outreach session will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4 in the Port Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway. Currently, there are both legal and illegal vessel charters operating in San Diego Bay. The goal of better regulation is to protect consumers, safeguard public safety, and create a more even playing field for businesses. Vessel charters include whale-watching boats, party boats and sportfishing boats, to name a few examples. “We are interested in hearing from members of the public, including waterfront visitors and the business community, on issues they have encountered with illegal vessel charters and other water sports businesses in San Diego Bay,” said Harbor Police Chief Mark Stainbrook.  “Everyone is welcome to attend this outreach session to provide input on how the Port of San Diego may update and amend the code to better address vessel charter operations and ensure an even playing field.”
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Two people sharing one motorized scooter is against the current ordinance and could warrant a ticket for the users. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Two people sharing one motorized scooter is against the current ordinance and could warrant a ticket for the users. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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City Council votes against boardwalk ban for motorized scooters
Published - 05/22/18 - 06:18 PM | 412 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two people sharing one motorized scooter is against the current ordinance and could warrant a ticket for the users. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Two people sharing one motorized scooter is against the current ordinance and could warrant a ticket for the users. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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The City Council on May 22 voted down an emergency ordinance that would ban motorized scooters on the boardwalk from Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach to the jetty in South Mission Beach, as well as oceanfront paths in La Jolla.  “I honestly thought this was a no brainer, but clearly I was wrong,” said District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf (who proposed the emergency ordinance) after the City Council vote. “Anywhere else in the city we’re not asking for this, just at the boardwalk, and just for the same rules that apply to the sidewalks.” “San Diego has embraced this innovative and green technology,” said Maya Rosas, policy director for Circulate San Diego. “A vote to ban scooters in our iconic boardwalks would have been a step in the wrong direction on the City’s road to get more people walking, biking, scooting, and taking transit.” The City Council sent the issue back to a subcommittee for further discussion. “We’ve issued 27 citations for running a motorized scooter on a sidewalk, 182 citations for motorized riders without helmets, and issued seven citations for someone riding with a passenger on their scooter,” said SDPD Northern Division Capt. Tina Williams last week. Public service announcements will be forthcoming to educate the public on where motorized scooters can and cannot ride legally, she added. “Speed is the main problem,” said Mission Beach Town Council president Gary Wonacott last week. “We have the summer coming. We know there are going to be a lot more people on the boardwalk.”
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