I spoke with a few people at Pacific Beach today who offered different views as to whether alcohol should be allowed on the city’s beaches.
PB resident Jennifer Sprofera held up a sign reading “Restore the peace of the beach.” She said it was a shame that people couldn’t handle themselves responsibly and supported a ban on alcohol.
“I’m a mom,” she said, with her children by her side. “And I just want a peaceful beach for my children.”
“It’s a good opportunity to teach my kids about civic duty,” she added.
Thirty-year-old Marius Posadas offered fervent contempt for Faulconer’s decision to propose an alcohol ban. Throughout the press conference he shouted at Faulconer and demanded “one more chance.”
He also argued with community members in support of a ban, asking them if they ever even go to the beach and shouting “This is a young people beach,” in the middle of the press conference. Posadas noted that he skateboarded on the boardwalk everyday and said, “I know professional skateboarders.”
Joel Embery, 46, and Joan Cann, 28, were strolling along the beach drinking beers when I stopped them. The two argued that a wholesale ban is not what is needed and that the police should just step up enforcement.
“If they actually got out here and got their shoes dirty, it would be OK,” Cann said.
Embery pointed out that although he was drinking, he would be responsible with his actions.
“I can guarantee I will make it the whole day without committing any crimes,” he said.