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Coastal Commission director green lights Manhattan Beach culinary event

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After two appeals were filed by Manhattan Beach residents over an upcoming culinary event on the beach, Coastal Commission Executive Director Jack Ainsworth last week ruled the event can go on. 

Residents Don McPherson and Bill Victor each filed separate appeals of the city council's approval of the event scheduled for May 24, citing the need for a Coastal Development Permit with the state agency. 

Manhattan Beach City Attorney Quinn Barrow stated the event was exempt from such a permit from the Coastal Commission because it was deemed a temporary event.

After considering the appeals, executive director Ainsworth agreed with the city.

"No unique or changing circumstances regarding this temporary event has the potential for significant adverse impacts on coastal resources," Ainsworth wrote in his letter to city offficials. 

Under the commission's rules, the executive director is authorized to decide the merit of an appeal and whether to pose the matter to the full commission. If Ainsworth had done so, the event likely would not happen because there was not enough time to hold a hearing before the scheduled date.

In part of his letter, Ainsworth states that approximately 10 parking spaces will be unavailable for about 12 hours, which he said is insignificant. 

Petitioners McPherson and Victor had argued the sand is sacred ground and should not be used for private events. They also argued that temporary events require at least 75 percent free attendance. But, that rule is only for sporting events such as the Association of Volleyball Professionals. 

The event put on by Outstanding in the Field and LA Times Food Bowl will serve 300 people on a long table north of the pier. Pairing a gourmet meal with wine and education on sustainable seafood, the event will also donate up to $10,000 to the Roundhouse Aquarium and Heal the Bay. 

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