New legislation is being drafted which would charge tourists for using San Diego beaches.
The bill is called The San Diego Beach Upkeep bill and if ratified this public bill would go into effect at the end of the year. The SDBU Bill has managed to get bipartisan support, though some in both parties believe it might have a negative effect on the city’s tourism. However, the funds would go directly towards upkeeping our beloved San Diego beaches! We’ve spoken to tourists visiting the beaches to get their perfective and let’s just say they haven’t been shy about sharing their options.
We approached Micheal Donaldson (58), an Ohio local visiting San Diego with his college buddies. We explained the bill to Mr. Donaldson and asked for his take on the situation.
Interviewee: Micheal Donaldson (MD)
Interviewer: Ana Sofia de la Camara (AC)
(AC): What do you think about the SDBU Bill charging tourists for access to San Diego beaches?
(MD): Well, what in the heck?! I’ll ask you one thing… where’s the money going? That’s what I’d like to know.
(AC): The funds will be directed towards beach upkeep.
(MD): Well, that’s good I guess, but I don’t know why I need to pay.
It’s clear many visiting America’s Finest City wouldn’t be all that pleased. However, locals are likely to sing a different tune.
It’s unclear how the bill would be enforced. There is speculation that civil servants would be dispatched with wireless payment terminals around San Diego’s beaches. However, some questions remain unanswered. Such as if there would be one flat fee which would cover access to all the beaches or smaller fees for each beach?
We will keep you informed of new developments in the San Diego Beach Upkeep Bill.
Yeah, sorry, none of that is happening!
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