Letter from San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helping bracelet maker stay in business
Legal loophole lets man sell bracelets at beach
Last Updated: 207 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A simple letter from San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is putting food on the table for a local bracelet maker.
Chula Vista resident David Millette has been trying to sell his hand-woven bracelets near the Ocean Beach pier for months.
"I don't make a lot, but you know, it's fun to be out here at the beach," said Millette.
It was not fun when he started because he said San Diego police chased him away.
"They say it was illegal," said Millette, who said he uses the money to buy groceries.
San Diego law says you need a permit. Millette, who is on disability while learning how to weld, did some homework.
"I noticed in the ordinance it said that you could get a letter from the mayor to be able to sell at the beach," he said.
Millette asked Filner to write him a letter during his Saturday morning public office hours.
"I thought he made a great case for it and he apparently just needed a letter from me," said Filner, who wrote the letter giving Millette permission to sell his bracelets.
Millette had the letter laminated to protect it from beach sand.
"I keep it with me just in case I need it," he said as he pulled it out of a giant tub full of bracelets.
Now, Millette hopes the mayor helps him rewrite the ordinance.
"In the meantime, I don't want to be harassed, and with the letter I haven't been harassed," he said.
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