County pushes Avocado Half Marathon to public meeting, gives residents opportunity to comment on proposed plan
Prior to giving the organizers of this year’s Avocado Half Marathon final approval to hold the event again in 2015, the County of San Diego has required that the proposed plan for the event go in front of the public for comment at a Fallbrook Community Planning Group (FCPG) meeting. That meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 18.
“The organizers of the Avocado Half Marathon have asked to be on the August Planning Group agenda,” said Anne Burdick, chair of the FCPG circulation committee. “The County asked them to organize early and provide an opportunity for the community to speak regarding the road closures during the hours of the event.”
The reason behind the County’s request was undoubtedly due to the number of complaints it and other entities received from residents on the affected roadways of the inaugural event. Dozens of complaint calls were fielded by the County as well as the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and the Village News (neither of which were organizers or sponsors of the event).
“There were a number of unhappy residents last year, and it would be great if they had an opportunity to be heard,” said Burdick.
Bob Fuller of the County of San Diego said he hopes as many residents turn out as possible to provide input on how improvements can be made to satisfy concerns about the roadways involved in the event.
Fuller said the County will take all input into consideration prior to endeavoring to craft a final, approved plan with race organizers.
Burdick said the information below is what was tentatively proposed by the race organizers. It was submitted by Fallbrook resident Vickie Knox:
“The following county roads will be closed on April 18, 2015 from 6:45 a.m. to approximately 10:45 a.m.: Gird Road from Reche Road to before the golf course; Reche from Gird to Stagecoach; Stagecoach from Reche to South Mission; Brooke Road; and part of Winterhaven. Some roads like Gird Road will be open by 8:15 a.m. Others will open up before that time as well, but all roads last year were completely back open by 10:45 a.m. We want to ensure plenty of notification in advance this year beginning with this meeting. There will be notices in the paper, online and in mailers so that all residents are aware and can plan ahead.”
The race and its proposed route will be featured at the Aug. 18 FCPG meeting, 7 p.m., at Live Oak School, 1978 Reche Road, Fallbrook.
Prior to the main general meeting, the proposal will be heard by FCPG subcommittees. The Circulation Committee will review it on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Palomares House, 1829 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook and the Parks and Recreation Committee on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation, 388 E. Alvarado St. The public is welcome at subcommittee meetings also.