Lakeview Commons rules could threaten events
Whether popular Wednesday stand-up paddleboard races and Thursday concerts at Lakeview Commons could continue under proposed policies for the El Dorado Beach development has been called into question by event promoters.
Chris Brackett, owner of South Tahoe Standup Paddle and an organizer of the paddleboard races, and Rob Giustina, of On Course Events and the organizer of the Live at Lakeview concert series, both expressed concerns about the proposed regulations for Lakeview Commons' events during a Tuesday South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting.
The council did not vote on the proposed policies for the venue, with some council members saying they would like more public input on the rules, including from event promoters. The policies are expected to be back in front of the council March 19, when council members are also expected to discuss a contract for the beach's food concession.
Among the rules proposed Tuesday are a 2,000-person limit to events at Lakeview Commons, rental fees from $500 to $1,000 and restrictions on noise levels and when events can take place.
One of the major concerns for Giustina surrounded the closure of the east end of Lakeview Avenue during concerts.
City Manager Nancy Kerry said there would not be any road closures of Lakeview Avenue for the Live at Lakeview series this year, citing neighborhood concerns about the closure.
Closing the road is a safety measure for pedestrians going to and leaving the event, Giustina said. An open road creates public safety and liability concerns for both event promoters and the city because ...