The City Council will take on proposals to ban alcohol at city beaches and coastal parks this afternoon.

Different versions of a ban are on the table. One version, favored by Councilman Kevin Faulconer, bars beachgoers from drinking on any city beach or coastal park throughout the entire year. Another, which Mayor Jerry Sanders supports, would impose the ban only during major holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Other versions would exempt some beaches and parks along the coast.

If the council passes a ban today, many close to the debate anticipate a voter referendum will be staged to overturn the restriction.

The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in the City Council chambers, located at 202 C St. in downtown San Diego.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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