San Francisco is going on record opposing a permit fee for Ocean Beach bonfires and a four-month prohibition — both of which are proposed by the National Park Service.
For years, supporters of the long-storied tradition of setting fires at Ocean Beach have engaged in a tense debate with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which oversees the beach for the National Park Service, which has threatened to ban the practice.
Proposed regulations drew opposition Thursday from the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. The committee approved a resolution introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar that opposes the permit fee for fire rings “as it limits access and creates a financial barrier that will adversely impact the equitable nature of Ocean Beach recreation experience.”
Under the proposed regulations, anyone wishing to have a fire at Ocean Beach would need a $35 single-use permit for one of the provided fire rings. Fires would not be allowed on Ocean Beach from the first day in November to the last day in February.
Mar says The City pays for cleanup related to the fires and that the safety concerns are overblown.
The full board will vote on the resolution Dec. 1. It is unbinding, but sends a message to the National Park Service.