Encinitas mulls charging for fire pit

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ENCINITAS, Calif. — A North County beach city may start taking reservations for a few of its popular beachside fire rings, where people sometimes arrive before sunrise to stake out the limited number of spots.

Encinitas Beach Fire RinUnder the proposal to be considered by the City Council later this year, Encinitas residents would be charged $25, non-residents $75 and commercial event organizers $100 to book a beach fire ring with a picnic table or a table at nearby Cottonwood Creek Park for a day.

City parks officials proposed the system start in early 2014, according to the newspaper.

Only two or three of the eight fire rings at Moonlight Beach would be up for grabs with advance reservations, city senior parks management analyst Michael Stauffer told U-T San Diego.

“We don’t plan on having all of (the fire rings) reservable, just a couple of them,” he told the newspaper.

A reservation system was brought up about 10 years ago, but it was decided to have the fire rings and tables available on a first-come, first-served basis, Stauffer told U-T San Diego.

If the reservation system is approved by the City Council, it would be the first of its kind in North County, according to U-T San Diego.

Covered picnic table areas in some Carlsbad parks can be reserved, although not individual tables and not tables at the beaches. Groups of 25 or more can get a permit for a large gathering at a Solana Beach park, the U-T reported. Oceanside park facilities are first-come, first-served.


  • Michael

    Could be an interesting revenue generator. I know how popular they are $25 a pop, and vacationers can secure a spot for more. Nice outside the box thinking.

  • Shaun

    I have long said I’d be happy to pay to reserve a pit so i know I’m safe to invite friends to drive up. would like to see this expanded to far more or even all pits, with 2 hour time slots. the fees would pay for the staff to manage it. definitely needs thinking through the logistics though.

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