Santa Monica News
The ordinance requires commercial fitness or athletic instruction, classes or camps in parks and on the beach to register for a permit and pay use charges, according to the city council website.
Canyon News spoke with Community Recreation Manager Kathy LePrevost who said residents and trainers providing public comment during the meeting focused mostly on the
After deliberation, the council voted to pass the ordinance, including the staff recommendations to revise the fee structure and ban hours. LePrevost said the amendments “change instructors’ use charge from a percentage to a staggered flat rate” allowing “one-on-one trainers to have a lower charge rate than big groups.”
The amendments also “ban fitness instruction after 9 p.m. at all
The Community Recreation Manager emphasized that the ordinance “does not stop the average citizen from going to the park to workout, but applies only to businesses who are making money using the parks.”
The second reading of the amended ordinance takes place on October 22. Next month, LePrevost said the city will begin setting up the program and providing public outreach to educate and allow instructors time to submit permit applications before January 2014 when the ordinance takes effect.
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