Back in 2014? Huntington Beach task force to discuss fate of US Open of Surfing

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The future of the U.S. Open of Surfing event in Huntington Beach will be the focus of the city's downtown task force meeting Thursday evening.

The task force is partly a response to the vandalism and riot that happened after the surfing competition last July.

IMG is the longtime producer of the beach event, which brings money to the city and the producer. 

IMG plans to make a presentation to the task force members about the future of the event in the city and about public safety issues surrounding it.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and is open to the public.

Back in July, after the final day of competition in the U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier, police clashed on nearby streets with mostly young men who knocked over portable toilets, vandalized shops, and started fights. 

Some in the crowd threw glass bottles at police, damaged newspaper stands and set fires. 

About 250 police officers from Huntington Beach and neighboring law enforcement agencies were brought in to control the mob after the surfing event. 

Several people, some under 18, were charged with misdemeanor offenses including vandalism, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and inciting a riot. 

In September, the City of Huntington Beach went to court to stop a planned beach dance party. 

While the city's request was turned down, event organizers were denied an alcohol permit for the Wet Electric Beach Party. 

The event drew fewer than the 8,000 expected at Huntington State Beach, and there were few problems. 

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