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Changes may be in store for Ocean Beach park to prevent large crowds

Ocean Beach
Posted at 11:44 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 19:12:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell on Tuesday is expected to formally announce enforcement plans to help with concerns over crowd control in Ocean Beach.

Campbell, who represents District 2, said in a news release, “Our office continues to field calls regarding increased crowds gathering at Veteran’s Plaza in Ocean Beach on Wednesday evenings. While I appreciate the San Diego Police Department’s increased presence last week, it’s clear more comprehensive action needs to be taken to keep San Diegans safe.”

Residents in the area say large gatherings have been consistently happening despite San Diego County public health orders restricting mass gatherings.

According to OB residents, big crowds assemble Wednesday nights at Veteran’s Plaza, and many attendees are seen not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

Ocean Beach Town Council President Mark Winkie told ABC 10News in a previous interview that residents “want people to understand this is our community. You’re welcome to be here, but you need to adhere to social distancing rules and respect our community.”

Winkie has met with City of San Diego officials about the gatherings in OB. He said the city was looking to shut down Veteran’s Plaza to help with enforcement.

On Tuesday morning, ABC 10News spotted city crews placing plastic netting at the park.

While he said the town council is not happy the park is closing, Winkie said a closure would allow needed renovations at the park to be done.

The OB Town Council has also been pushing for more education to remind people about following the rules.

Winkie said he’s been told health officials will be at Veterans Plaza on Wednesday nights to spread the word about county health guidelines.