Two Orange County mayors, including one who also is a board member for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Friday in Huntington Beach to discuss the future of beach fire rings.
The meeting will come two days after local mayors will meet privately to discuss the issue; read our earlier story here.
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who is a board member for the SCAQMD, along with Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman will host the meeting “to gather input on the future of Orange County’s fire pits,” according to an announcement sent by email from the SCAQMD.
According to the SCAQMD email about the Friday meeting, the proposed restrictions are aimed at protecting public health.
“Numerous health studies have shown that wood smoke causes health effects including respiratory irritation and aggravation of respiratory diseases such as asthma,” the email said. “SCAQMD’s Governing Board will conduct a public hearing this summer to consider a rule restricting open burning on beaches.”
The issue arose after the Newport Beach City Council voted to remove the city’s 60 beach fire rings. The rings’ removal is pending approval of a permit from the California Coastal Commission. Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry — as well as the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the OC Visitors Association — have stated that having beach bonfires should be a local choice.
The Friday meeting will be held in the Huntington Beach Council Chambers at 2000 Main St.