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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Perils of Drafting Imprecision: San Diego's Beach Booze Ban

Maybe it did not occur to the drafters that people floating on inner tubes are not technically on a beach. Or maybe the drafters were counting on the increased safety risk of drinking while floating to curb excessive consumption. But as today's San Diego Union-Tribune reports in Alcohol Ban Loophole Upsets Beach Neighbors, the ordinance has not quite resolved the problem for which it was designed:

In August, an estimated 3,000 people gathered off-shore at Fanuel Street Park in Pacific Beach for “Innertube-palooza.” On Sept. 5, about 2,500 floaters converged in the same area for an event dubbed “Floatopia.”

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