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On April 25, the Carlsbad City Council voted to keep its one-mile stretch of beach closed until further notice. Photo by Steve Puterski

CA - Carlsbad City Council deadlocks, beaches remain closed

The Carlsbad City Council deadlocked 2-2 on reopening the city’s beaches, trails and parks during a special meeting on April 25, despite growing public pressure to recreate outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each motion failed due to the impasse, although the council approved another special meeting for May 1 to readdress potential openings.

The city’s special meeting was held in response to San Diego County health officials’ surprise announcement to reopen beaches on April 27, which caught several North County coastal cities unprepared.

Councilwomen Cori Schumacher and Priya Bhat-Patel voted against reopening the recreational areas saying they wanted more thorough plans and protocols in place. Mayor Matt Hall and Councilman Keith Blackburn said phased-in plans are in place, as presented by staff, and felt the decrease of coronavirus cases in the city shows it is ready to reopen.

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