Supporters rally for private funding amid proposed city cuts
By Hailey Persinger, UNION-TRIBUNE
For the third time in as many years, the city is considering the removal of the nearly 200 fire pits scattered around San Diego’s beaches to help close a multimillion dollar budget gap.
And, for the third time, a push to raise private funds to keep the pits in place is underway. The only question now is if the $120,500 annual expense can be raised before the pits are set to be ripped out on July 1.
The iconic image of Southern California families gathered around beach bonfires is plastered on marketing materials and brochures created by the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and sent out to travelers across the nation. To some, those photos represent a promise to tourists that the city will give them a chance to use one of the 186 fire pits located on five beaches.