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Racket Ratches Up
Don Mosier | Rimini Road

The plans for the first floor level include a history of San Diego Beer hall outside beer garden in addition to the concert hall.
Source 22nd DAA.
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The 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) Board has approved preliminary plans for the conversion of the Surfside Race Place to a 1900 seat concert venue that will host up to 90 concerts per year.

The cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach have each expressed concerns about the traffic and noise impacts of the concert venue, and Solana Beach has asked the San Diego County Superior Court for an order to delay any start of the project until a new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. The 22nd DAA Board has responded that their 30 year-old CEQA permit for occupancy of up to 5000 for the Surfside Race Place is sufficient to cover the less intense use proposed. Board member David Watson noted that parking and traffic generated by a 1900-person venue would be much less than that generated by many ongoing events at the fairgrounds. A resolution of the Solana Beach court filing is expected soon.

KAABOO, the 3-day fall concert event, has started discussions about raising the number of people allowed at their event in 2018 from the current cap, which is limited by the existing California Coastal Commission (CCC) permit that prohibits offsite parking, to more than 50,000. Currently, only the summer fair and racing event can exceed the onsite parking limit of 7300 vehicles, so the KAABOO ask for expanded parking would require a new CCC permit with full analysis of environment impacts including noise and traffic in surrounding communities. Given the past problems with noise, crowd control, and getting patrons in and out of the fairgrounds, there would appear to be a legitimate concern that KAABOO can successfully manage these issues with a large increase in attendance. Stay tuned as this year’s event unfolds and the 22nd DAA Board and the CCC consider the request from KAABOO, and the cities of Solana Beach and Del Mar weigh in on this proposal.

 

 

 

 

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