The City of Santa Monica is seeking public input regarding the city’s permit policy that regulates surfing instruction on Santa Monica State Beach.

A public meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 7th, at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica. The meeting facility is disabled-accessible.

In an effort to ensure public safety, provide equal access for all beachgoers, and maintain high-quality surfing instruction opportunities, the city issued a Request for Proposals this past winter for surfing instruction and youth camps on Santa Monica State Beach.

Applicants that met the minimum requirements were reviewed through a competitive bid process and a limited number of permits were awarded for specific beach locations. The permit system greatly reduced the number of non-permitted surf instruction activities on the beach as well as advertising, banners and signage, city officials said.

At the meeting, residents can provide the city with feedback on the current process or recommend changes for future permitting as it relates to surf instruction.

Residents also may send written comments to Open Space Management, Surfing Instruction Comments, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, 90405, fax to (310) 396-9609, or email to osm@smgov .net/.

Information, Wendy Pietrzak, Open Space Management, (310) 458-8573 ext. 1.

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