San Diego officials reject alcohol permit for 'Leisure Olympics' event in Mission Bay

Event planners say city is playing favorites

SAN DIEGO - The organizers of a summer beach party think the city of San Diego is playing favorites when it comes to issue alcohol permits.

The group FreePB.org wants to host the "Leisure Olympics" this July. An organizer told 10News it will be a fun, family event at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.

The organizer also said he wants visitors to be allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages and to be able to consume them on the beach.

Consuming alcohol on city beaches is against city law.

San Diego Police Department Chief William Lansdowne wrote a memorandum to the city requesting FreePB.org's alcohol permit be rejected, and the city agreed.

Rob Rynearson, director of FreePB.org, questioned the city's decision because the annual Over-the-Line tournament is held every year right across the bay. That event regularly has beer, but Lansdowne told 10News OTL is the rare exception.

"OTL has done everything we've asked. It's got a massive amount of security and does a very good job," Lansdowne said.

Lansdowne said the "Leisure Olympics" does not have those safeguards in place, and FreePB.org argued it's a double standard.

"No," countered Lansdowne. "It's a very professional, calculated decision on our part, the police department, to ensure safety to the community and still allow events to occur."

FreePB.org has one more chance to appeal the permit decision.

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