Nancy Fisher 24th Street
The debate about whether the 22nd Ag District and organizers of last year’s KAABOO Festival violated noise level ordinances is over. They did, big time. Recon, hired by Del Mar to analyze data from the noise monitors, found repeated exceedances violating agreements between the DAA, the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, and the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park JPA.
In response, the City of Del Mar has asked the Ag District’s Board of Directors to limit the term of their next contract with KAABOO to one year, rather than granting a proposed five-year renewal option.
In a letter to the Ag Board on behalf of City Council, City Manager Scott Huth called for more accountability from the DAA in holding KAABOO responsible for repeated exceedances of noise ordinances, and for higher fines to create more of a financial incentive to KAABOO to “ensure they take the noise ordinance provisions seriously.” He also recommended enhanced monitoring during the event to allow adjustments as necessary, and an acoustical analysis well in advance to allow for layout and equipment adjustments. In addition the City requested a staffed phone line for complaints during the course of the event and a clearly-marked drop-off location for ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to reduce the safety risk of informal pick-ups and drop-offs.
In closing, the City acknowledged that, with the exception of noise, KAABOO by and large went smoothly, and that they appreciate the DAA Board’s cooperation in addressing these concerns.
To read the full letter to the DAA from the City, visit: www.delmarsandpiper.org.