Large gatherings persist at Ocean Beach’s drum circle


Neighbors are fed up with non-permitted distributors and huge crowds and noise coming from the drum circle at Veteran’s Plaza in Ocean Beach.

SAN DIEGO — They’re marching to the beat of their very own drum and Ocean Beach neighbors are usually not pleased about it. Last summer season, town and county stepped in after massive crowds saved gathering at Veteran’s Plaza for the OB drum circle with many individuals not sporting masks. Six months later it’s occurring once more.

“When we look out we see entrepreneurship, we see people trying to make the best out of this moment,” mentioned Corey Bruins, OB Town Council Treasurer.

But the issue is with the rising variety of non-permitted distributors, massive crowds and loud music.

“It’s unregulated, we’re in the midst of a pandemic. There are crowds,” mentioned Bruins, who has been vocal about what goes on at Veteran’s Plaza particularly throughout Wednesday’s regulated farmer’s market.

“We have a thriving seashore neighborhood down the road that is regulated by our Main Street affiliation and simply did not right here in entrance of the seashore we’ve got a park that’s not regulated and never being checked,” mentioned Bruins.

On Wednesday, there have been dozens of distributors who arrange store with out well being and sellers permits, there was a band, not many individuals had been sporting masks and dancing shut within the drum circle.

“This is open season and first come first serve to set your tent,” mentioned Chris Williams, Circle City Cooperative.

He is a neighborhood service provider promoting CBD and says he’s making an attempt to make a dwelling.

“There are some folks that don’t have the capital at this point to pay for a $60 or $100 permit at the official farmer’s market,” mentioned Williams.

Last summer season neighbors referred to as the park exercise mayhem. After an outcry, metropolis and county leaders got here out and enforced and educated the general public and handed out masks. San Diego police broke up the crowds after 10 p.m. and issued tickets for medication and alcohol however that was quick lived.

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“We have seen very little help from the city and county in terms of regulating specifically the vendors but also the music,” mentioned Bruins.

Council President and District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell’s office issued an announcement.

“Our office previously worked with city and county teams to educate folks about mask wearing and social distancing. That seemed to help for a period of time, and we will request those teams be re-engaged as crowds begin to increase again,” wrote Jordan Beane, Director of Communications.

Neighbors hope one thing is finished earlier than the summer season crowds, however nonetheless preserve the OB love.

“The vibe here is not to squash the beauty that is a thriving beach community,” mentioned Bruins.

Campbell’s office additionally says she is working with Mayor Todd Gloria’s office.

“We at the moment are working with our new mayor, Todd Gloria, and his crew to deal with the seller subject. This subject presents otherwise in OB/D2 as there are weekly clustering that doesn’t problem different communities the identical manner, particularly in OB and MB.

The aim is discovering the stability between defending entrepreneurship and particular person’s livelihoods whereas additionally defending open park house for normal use by households and different guests. We will proceed to hunt help from the Mayor and county to assist us mitigate the crowds to maintain everybody protected and remind people to do their half to maintain our neighborhood protected.”