A group called FreePB.org had alleged a boosterish attitude by city officials has led city employees to illegally favor Over-the-Line for a permit for using the city beach while rejecting other groups.
In a statement, representatives for FreePB.org and the Over-the-Line sponsor, the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, agreed that all groups seeking a permit should be held to the same rules and that permits should be denied only if a group will not conform to the rules or an event “poses an unreasonable public-safety risk.”
Although it is dropping Over-the-Line from its lawsuit, FreePB.org plans to continue the lawsuit seeking public records indicating how the police chief determined that Over-the-Line follows the city’s strict rules about alcohol on the beach.
Over-the-Line involves three-person teams playing a variant of softball.
More than 50,000 players and spectators are expected at this year’s 60th annual Over-the-Line, held at Fiesta Island on Mission Bay over July 13-14 and July 20-21.