The Promenade on Forest is Now Open in Downtown Laguna Beach!
This morning, the Laguna Beach City Council cut the ribbon and officially opened The Promenade on Forest, an outdoor dining, display and art performance area in Downtown Laguna Beach.
The Promenade on Forest: Shopping, Dining, Art, and You! is an outdoor dining, display and art performance area that creates a safe and exciting pedestrian-only experience on Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street that is now open to the public throughout the Summer of 2020.
The Promenade design supports local businesses by expanding customer seating and merchandise display areas on Lower Forest Avenue.
"The goal of The Promenade is to support the reopening of our local economy and local businesses by safely expanding customer seating and merchandise display areas into the street, and providing an opportunity for local artists to display their work while strengthening our community spirit," said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. "It’s part of our Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan for the City."
Key Features of The Promenade on Forest:
- Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. today through September 7;
- Dining decks, retail display decks, and a performance art deck offer virtual and live performances and temporary art installations;
- Layout promotes safe physical distancing between parties and hand sanitizing stations and maintenance staff regularly disinfect the furniture;
- String lighting to illuminate The Promenade and provide evening ambiance and security; new umbrellas and new potted trees and plants provide daytime shade and ambiance.
Thank you to everyone who came out and attended this morning's ribbon cutting at The Promenade on Forest!
Fact Check: Laguna Beach Downtown Specific Plan Update
The City has received some comments and questions regarding the proposed Downtown Specific Plan update. The following is to help clear up misinformation.
"The current Downtown bars and restaurants would be allowed to add over 10,000 more seats with no additional parking."
Here are the facts- The are currently 52 restaurants in the Downtown (not including coffee shops, ice cream parlors, candy stores) with an estimated 3,300-3,500 seats. Parking is not the only limiting factor. Current Building code occupancy requirements limit the amount of seating that could be added to individual restaurants or bars, therefore, the number of seats could not be doubled or tripled.
"Any downtown building that is not already a bar or restaurant could be converted to a bar or restaurant without being required to add parking. This could add up to 20,700 bar and restaurant seats with no additional parking."
Here are the facts- Under the Draft DSP, restaurants that serve alcohol and bars will still be required to obtain a conditional use permit from the City. This will allow the City to monitor and regulate the number of establishments to ensure that the Downtown does not become saturated with these uses.
"Existing buildings with existing private parking could legally turn their parking into more building space."
Here are the facts-The expansion of existing buildings and new construction will requires compliance with updated parking standards and will be at the discretion of the City through the Design Review and a Conditional Use Permit process.
For additional information on the DSP update please contact Marc Wiener, Community Development Director, at (949) 497-0713 or email@example.com.
All Laguna Beach Businesses Encouraged to Require Face Coverings
Dear Laguna Beach Businesses:
The City believes that requiring masks for employees and customers in your business is an important and effective step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and giving residents and visitors the confidence to patronize your business. We also believe your employees will appreciate this extra precaution to protect their health and safety.
Masks are still required for all essential businesses, and even though the County has eased mask wearing requirements for other businesses, we are calling on all businesses to continue requiring masks for customers and employees in your businesses. We are asking you to partner with the City to provide an experience that makes residents, customers and employees feel safe in our town.
To assist all businesses, the City has prepared the attached printable sign for you to place in your window and show your support for a safe and healthy environment in our town.
We appreciate your cooperation as we all work together to get through these unique and challenging times!
Bob Whalen, Laguna Beach Mayor
John Pietig, Laguna Beach City Manager
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Launches "Think Laguna First" Campaign
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has launched its first ever, "Think Laguna First" City-wide campaign encouraging Laguna Beach residents to shop locally and support their community.
The Chamber is asking local residents and business owners to share the "Think Laguna First" information on social media to spread the word. Tag @thinklaguna1st and @chamberlb in posts and stories, and they will share back!
Most importantly, when you are going out to eat or shopping, "Think Laguna First!" If we support our local businesses, they will support us. Go to www.thinklagunafirst.org for more information.
Laguna Beach Small Businesses: Apply for Grant Relief Starting June 19
The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County District Five, which is the district for Laguna Beach.
Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible Laguna Beach small businesses and non-profits within the Fifth District.
Applications will open June 19, 2020, 8:00 a.m. until June 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Public Invited to Webinar Thursday on New Community Development Department Online System
The Laguna Beach Community Development Department will hold a webinar training for the public on the use of our new OpenGov land management software this Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
OpenGov will allow the public to submit planning applications, zoning plan checks, code enforcement service requests, building permit applications, and more online, reducing the need to call or visit City Hall in person.
To join the webinar from your phone, call +16699009128,,92339970395#. Or click the link below.
If you have any questions, please contact Jim Pechous, Assistant Director of Community Development, (949) 497-0320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.