California Coastal Commission
The California Coastal Commission's report recommends that the City of Newport Beach not remove the beach fire pits. But the South Coast Air Quality District wants to ban beach bonfires in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Chair of the AQMD, William Burke resigned his seat on the Coastal Commission over the issue,
Orange County residents burned up by a proposal to ban beach fire pits have rallied to uphold their sandy tradition.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher was among dozens of people who turned out Sunday at Huntington Beach to make s'mores and support the pits, hundreds of which dot Southern California's shoreline, according to the Orange County Register.
Residents of nearby Newport Beach want the rings removed, arguing that drifting smoke is a health hazard.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to vote on a proposed ban on June 7.
Assemblyman Travis Allen, who organized the rally, says the pits are a 60-year-old tradition. He says thousands of people already have signed a petition supporting them.