Newport Beach Fire Rings StayingBy Steve Casimiro on March 7th, 2013
Bonfires on the sands of Southern California are as much a part of the beach culture as sunsets and groms on potato chip-sized surfboards, but in Newport Beach the city and residents are tussling over whether to keep them — the city says no, locals say yes. And while the California Coastal Commission, which rules over all things coastal, had a chance to cast its vote yesterday, it pushed the decision back until June so the Air Quality Management District can address concerns about air pollution and toxins. At least one resident claims to have gotten cancer from particulate smoke, and while the majority of public comments favored keeping Newport’s 60 fire rings, others expressed concern. Much as the fires add ambience, driving from Huntington Beach to Corona Del Mar on any summer night smells like you’re in a forest fire. Via OC Register.
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