With Coast Commission review still pending, it could be another summer of sidewalk sales on the local coast

Although the City of San Diego implemented new sidewalk sales regulations starting June 22, La Jollans and residents of other coastal areas will have to wait longer — likely all summer — to see more. two dozen rules go into effect for their parks and streets.

Many points in the city’s new 34-page ordinance cannot be enforced in the Coastal Zone (which includes most of La Jolla except for an area east of La Jolla Shores) until the California Coastal Commission has approved them.

However, the health and safety sections of the ordinance will apply without Coast Commission approval. Penalties for violating health and safety rules — including selling a prohibited item such as alcohol or firearms — will also be in effect with the rest of the city.

Once the Coast Commission reviews the proposal, the matter will be sent back to city council for adoption of any amendments in accordance with the commission’s recommendations, according to Kathleen Ferrier, policy director for Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla. Two council hearings will be required, one for discussion and one for a vote, and the settlement will take effect 30 days after the second hearing.

The Coast Commission’s review will largely focus on where vendors can operate – a key issue for La Jollans thwarted by the influx of vendors to beaches and coastal parks.

The Coast Commission has a meeting scheduled for June 8-10 in Del Mar, but the sidewalk sales ordinance is not on the agenda. The next meetings of the commission will take place from July 13 to 15 and from August 10 to 12.

Here is a partial list of regulations that must be approved by the Coastal Commission before they can take effect in the coastal zone:

General rules

  • Vending activities in residential blocks can only take place between 7am and sunset.
  • Sales activities on non-residential blocks can only take place between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. or the opening hours imposed on other businesses in the same block, whichever is less restrictive.
  • Only itinerant sidewalk vendors can operate in residential areas.
  • No stationary sidewalk vendors are permitted on any sidewalk less than 6 feet wide.
  • Sidewalk vendors should not post signs advertising an off-site business.
  • Sidewalk vendors may not use more than 5 square feet or 25 percent of sales space, whichever is less, for items not directly related to sales operations.

Sales pitches

No stationary sidewalk vendor shall sell and no traveling sidewalk vendor shall stop to sell at the following locations:

  • The public right-of-way or any area that blocks safe pedestrian or vehicular traffic
  • Any public property that does not meet the definition of a sidewalk, including but not limited to any driveway, beach, street, median or street end
  • Parking spaces
  • Any slope greater than 5% or when signage indicates that the wheels must be cramped against the pavement
  • Within 18 inches of the edge of a sidewalk
  • Within five feet in front or 65 feet behind the sidewalk along a bus stop
  • Within 10 feet of any driveway, marked crosswalk, fire escape or emergency exit
  • Within 15 feet of any other sidewalk vendor; intersection; building entrance; loading area, parking space or access ramp designed for people with disabilities; outdoor dining area or terrace; public toilets; sidewalk ramp; location with a valid encroachment permit displayed; or heavily trafficked bike and shared-use path
  • Within 25 feet of any beach access point or pier
  • Within 50 feet of any major transit stop
  • Within 500 feet of any permitted event or school while children are coming or going, during recess, or within 30 minutes before or after school opens or closes

While the rules above cover both stationary and traveling sidewalk vendors, the following rules only apply to stationary vendors, subject to Coast Commission approval:

  • Vendors must not sell within 50 feet of another stationary sidewalk vendor in city-designated walks. (In parkways defined as high-traffic sidewalks, selling is prohibited.)
  • Sellers must not sell within five feet of any above ground structure.
  • Sellers must not sell within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or fire lane.
  • La Jolla sellers should not sell during the summer moratorium on Coast Boulevard between Cave Street and the 200 block of Coast Boulevard South.

Sale in public parks, squares and beaches

The following provisions apply to beach areas, if the Coast Commission approves:

  • Sidewalk vendors must stop selling before the designated closing time of any beach area.
  • Selling is permitted between 8 a.m. and sunset in beach areas where there is no designated closing time.
  • Sidewalk vendors must not sell within 50 feet of another sidewalk vendor.
  • Sidewalk vendors must not sell within 25 feet of a decorative fountain, statue, monument, memorial or art installation.
  • The city may promulgate rules and regulations to prohibit sales in any space that may obstruct, damage, or adversely affect the public’s use and enjoyment of natural resources and recreational opportunities or contribute to an undue concentration of commercial activities that unreasonably interferes with the landscape and nature. public park character.
  • The city may reasonably limit the number of sidewalk vendors in certain parks by requiring sidewalk vendors to obtain an additional park sales permit, such as in Scripps Park and Kellogg Park in La Jolla. With this requirement, it will be illegal to sell in these parks without such a permit.
  • Sidewalk vendors must not use amplified or unamplified sound devices in conjunction with the sale, such as speakers, microphones, public address systems, bells and chimes.

To read the full prescription, go to bitly.ws/rToY.

With so many rules deemed unenforceable at the moment, will the coastal area attract even more street vendors? The La Jolla Light will explore this question in next week’s edition.

Aurora J. William