Huntington Beach

Council considers air show parking fees

THE BREITLING AIR SHOW is set for Oct. 22-23 in Huntington Beach (Breitling photo).

THE BREITLING AIR SHOW is set for Oct. 22-23 in Huntington Beach (Breitling photo).

Long known as “Surf City,” Huntington Beach is moving towards establishing itself as a kind of “Sky City” as well. The Breitling Air Show will be coming to town Oct. 23-23, and how to pay for that is an item on Monday’s agenda for the City Council.

The council will take up a resolution increasing the cost of city-owned parking structures and lots in order to defray the costs of the event to the city, which are estimated at $194,915 for public safety and maintenance.

HB color logo letters3Proposed are:

  • an additional $5 surcharge to the daily parking lots for the main Promenade parking structure, south beach lots and Pier Plaza lots for Oct. 22 and 23.
  • temporarily increase parking rates at the south beach, Pier Plaza lots and main Promenade parking structure on Oct. 21 from $15 to $25 per day, and on Oct. 22 and 23, from $15 to $30 a day
  • defer 75 percent of the fees due to the city by the event sponsor until 30 days after the event.

The increased parking rates are expected to generate about $32,000 in additional revenue to the city. City officials are expecting that air show attendance will match or exceed the Fourth of July celebration weekend, which is estimated to have attendance as high as 250,000 people.

Breitling is a Swiss watch manufacturer that sponsors a jet team as a promotional effort. The air show in Huntington Beach will feature not just their own plans, but also the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

The flights will take place over the Pacific Ocean between the city pier and Magnolia Street. Attendance is free to the public, but tickets will be sold for “premium viewing areas” at rates ranging from $199 to $59, with discounts available for early purchase.

For more on the air show, go to http://www.hbairshow.com .

The city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 2000 Main St. (at Yorktown Avenue).

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