La Jolla Shores Outdoor Dining Extended

La Jolla Shores outdoor dining extended as group looks to make program permanent

The La Jolla Shores Association has secured an extension to the program that allows for outdoor dining on one block of Avenida de la Playa until July 13, 2022.

Unlike other outdoor dining throughout La Jolla, the program is different because it requires one block of the street to be closed. The permit required to do so, issued by the Special Events & Filming Department, was set to expire at the end of 2021, the La Jolla Light reported.

Street dining on Avenida de la Playa will not be allowed on Dec. 31 or July 4 because of holidays.

Other outdoor dining permits, which allow restaurants to place tables on the street, are also set to expire on July 13, 2022.

The La Jolla Shores Association is currently seeking to make its outdoor dining program on Avenida de la Playa permanent.

Earlier in 2021, the Light reported that merchants and businesses along Avenida de la Playa were forming their own association — dubbed the La Jolla Shores Business Association — to lead an effort to make the program permanent.

In addition to permanent outdoor dining and one-block street closure, the new association is also focusing on doing “additional improvements from La Jolla Shores Drive all the way down to the Pacific Ocean.”

At the time, the office of City Councilman Joe LaCava — whose district also includes La Jolla — said the effort to make the outdoor dining program permanent “is a case where La Jolla is helping set a model out there for the city to reference off of.”

About the author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He’s written and worked for a number of local media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, the North Coast Current, and the Oceanside Blade.

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