“Come On Baby Light My Fire” – Encinitas City Council To Vote On Fire Pit Reservations At Moonlight Beach

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07/22/2015 Moonlight Beach Firepit UPDATE

The City of Encinitas – Moonlight Beach provides the following information

Moonlight Beach
400 B Street
ADA Accessible
Picnic Facilities
Snack Shack
Fire Rings (not reservable)
Children’s Play Area
Tennis Court (not reservable)
Volleyball Courts (not reservable)
Parking Lot (includes ADA spaces along B Street)
Beach Access
Reservable for Limited Community-Wide Special Events

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If you want to fire pit at Moonlight Beach, you have to go early, put your wood in the fire and your chairs around the pit. Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles states that most fire pit disagreements originate when people think they can put wood on a pit, leave and claim the fire ring later.

“If you’re not occupying a fire pit, then it’s not yours, according to municipal code,” Giles said.

The Encinitas Parks and Recreation is proposing a reservation system for three or four of its eight fire pits.

The Encinitas City Council is due to hear a report on the reservation proposal on Sept. 11 as part of a larger agenda item about fees for events at parks and beaches. Then, council is tentatively scheduled to vote on the plan Sept. 18 following a public hearing.

If approved by the councilmembers, it’s expected to take effect by spring of next year.

Under the plan, a reservation would nab a fire ring and picnic table from dawn to dusk. Doing so would cost $25 for residents and local nonprofits, $50 for Encinitas businesses, $75 for non-locals and $100 for companies located outside of Encinitas.

Critics have said a reservation system would result in fire rings being unavailable to other beachgoers for hours at a time.

Thanks to Coast News Reporter Jared Whitlock for their information on the Moonlight Beach fire rings.


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Courtesy of the City of Encinitas
Courtesy of the City of Encinitas

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