Our readers write: Surfing disputes, garbage, sea lions, public toilets, Avenida de la Playa

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Letters to the Editor:

Violence has no place at the beach

I read with interest your article on Windansea Beach surf turf disputes (“Windansea surf turf disputes draw police attention after violent altercation”, August 25, La Jolla Light).

First of all, violence has no place on the waves or on our beaches, ever! This tradition of violent behavior by local surfers who feel entitled to enjoy the waves at their local surf spot is coming to an end. There is no justification for these behaviors because no surfer owns these waves.

We hear the same comments all the time, including comments from Bill Fitzmaurice, President of the Windansea Surf Club, who explains these disputes by saying that the problem lies with newbie surfers who “fail to follow surf etiquette”.

This is bullshit. The real problem is surfers competing for a limited resource: the waves. Established surfers feel they have earned the right to catch all decent waves, and this is at the heart of the controversy. No matter how much “surfing etiquette” is displayed, local surfers want to protect their little enclave for themselves, using the most vulgar behavior.

My passion is kitesurfing. The surfing and kitesurfing communities couldn’t be more different. The kitesurfing community is fantastic. We are collaborative, supportive and helpful. Why? Because we are not competing for a limited resource. We have the whole ocean at our disposal.

Todd Lempert

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Thoughts on Trash, Surfing, Sea Lions and Student Housing

Thoughts from a native:

1. The trash that litters the top of Ardath Road southeast to 52 and I-5 is piling up and we need to keep La Jolla beautiful. (I refuse to say “La Jolla Parkway” – that sounds too Orange County.)

2. When I surfed in Windansea last century, it was noted that if you couldn’t hold your breath for at least 60 seconds underwater while pushing steady waves, then you shouldn’t be surfing there- down. So if you don’t have the level of surfing, if you don’t know the rules of surfing and especially if you don’t respect the locals, then surf at The Shores or join the sea lions at Boomer.

3. Lifeguards kicked surfers out of Boomer in the ’60s, only to lose it to sea lions. would have remained on Seal Rock and in the caves.

4. I drive North Torrey Pines [Road] in front of the student dormitories and I wonder who would want to live in those horrible skyscrapers. Then I look at what’s being built next to La Jolla Playhouse and I think there should be a play written about it: “Death of a Village.”

Jim Weaver

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Pay toilets with attendants could fix disgusting bathrooms

In the August 18 edition, the deplorable state of Kellogg’s Park at The Shores was discussed (“Residents are frustrated by the ‘appalling state’ of toilets, showers at Kellogg’s Park at Shores”, La Jolla Light). The article implies that understaffing is to blame for the dastardly state of the bathrooms.

I would like to suggest a solution that you see in many European countries: having a toilet attendant stationed in every public bathroom. He or she collected 50 cents or a preset amount for each use of the restroom and monitored and cleaned bathrooms, restocked soap, toilet paper, etc.

I have never seen disgusting bathrooms when a toilet attendant is present. I would happily pay 50 cents on common blocks to find a merchant who would let me use the restroom after making a purchase.

I refuse to go to public restrooms in La Jolla, and that’s wrong. They must be in a condition that allows the public to use the beach toilets.

Some will say that some people can’t pay. We can reserve portable toilets for them.

Kimie Chatfield

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Thoughts on garbage transport and the closure of Avenida de la Playa

Two concerns addressed in the August 25 La Jolla Light deserves an answer. One article states that “the people’s ordinance does not apply to businesses or residents who live in apartments or condominiums who must pay private carriers” (“monthly bills would be $23 to $29 if voters in the SD were ending free trash pick-up for single-family homes, analysis says”).

No one pointed out that apartments and condominiums are businesses that generate much more waste than private residences and require more frequent maintenance than single-family homes.

Regarding the closure of Avenida de la Playa Street (“Closure of La Jolla Shores Street for outdoor dining raises complaints about boat ramp access”), I complained to [San Diego City Councilman Joe] The LaCava office and several people regarding the issues of boaters and emergency vehicles accessing the beach. With summer traffic, residents often have difficulty reaching their driveways.

Second, restaurants in the designated block had outdoor dining before COVID. Providing extra space during closing time when most people weren’t eating out was helpful, but those days are over.

The third point is the danger that pedestrians will not return to the sidewalk at the end of the closure [area] but continuing to walk in the middle of the street where cars have priority. Turning left from Calle de la Plata at Avenida de la Playa is a blind turn and turning right from Camino del Sol is a blind turn. On numerous occasions while turning I encountered people walking down the street, including kayak users. Eventually, some pedestrians will be injured or killed for refusing to use the sidewalk.

Eleonore Mosca

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What’s on your mind?

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