Some people might like beach fire rings, but the drawbacks might outweigh the benefits, and a three-member sub-committee should study the issue, according to the agenda for Tuesday's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission meeting.
In a memo included in the online agenda, Recreation and Senior Services Director Laura Detweiler conceded that "fire rings are liked by many beachgoers."
But, she said, the city and others have concerns about health impact to residents, "especially in CdM," the note said.
She specifically noted that volleyball players' and others' proximity to "near-constant smoke and particulate matter from the rings' use" as an issue. Other problems include injuries when hot ash is not doused or properly disposed of, the costs of cleaning and replacing rings and concerns about beach curfew violations "by persons using the fire rings who can be reluctant to leave the beach when directed to do so by park patrol or police."