Solana Beach community center

The newly renovated community center atop a bluff at Fletcher's Cove in Solana Beach, offers citizens a spectacular setting for a beach party. But a squabble about party rules, and who will enforce them, led to an unusual, and highly controversial measure on Tuesday's ballot. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / January 16, 2014)

In the northern San Diego County suburb of Solana Beach, voters adopted a measure to loosen rules for holding parties at a popular community center atop a seaside bluff.

With all nine precincts counted, Proposition B was adopted by a margin of 52% to 48%, in unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters.

The measure loosens rules for parties at the Fletcher Cove Community Center.

Current city policy limits parties to 50 people, greatly restricts live music -- no drums, horns, DJs or amplification -- and limits drinks to two per person -- wine and beer only.

Proposition B will increase the attendance limit to 100, largely quash the live-music ban and remove the limit on drinks. It will allow eight parties per month, up from two.

Still, parties will continue to be restricted to weekends, and must end by 10 p.m.

Proposition B boosters say the looser rules are necessary to make the center a true community asset.

Opponents feared a nightmare of parking, noise and rowdiness, particularly during graduation-party season or when horse players from the nearby Del Mar racetrack go looking for a place to blow off steam.

The community center has been a beachfront landmark in this upscale community of 13,000 for decades. A former barracks for the Civilian Conservation Corps, the structure was moved to Solana Beach from Vista in 1944.

For two years, after the center underwent renovation, the City Council could not agree on party rules. Rules were finally adopted late last year. A petition drive by opponents then qualified as Proposition B to overturn those rules.


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