As many as a million or more people may have been the audience for the second annual Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show held over Surf City over the weekend.
That’s what the City Council was told by Michael McCabe of Air Support LLC, organizers of the aviation extravaganza which featured the Blue Angels, Canadian Snowbirds and other aerial entertainment.
Estimates of the exact attendance are still being developed, he said, but the turnout on Saturday and Sunday could be over 500,000 people each day. “We have reports from pilots of the beaches from Seal Beach to Newport Beach solidly packed” [with spectators],” he said. The practice session slated for Friday was cancelled due to fog.
“I feel confident in saying that this is the largest outdoor event ever to take place in California,” he added. Planning is already underway for the third annual show, slated for Oct. 19-21, 2018.
Go slower, says city council
A proposal to lower speed limits on four sections of streets in the city was approved by the Huntington Beach City Council Monday night. Council members voted 7-0 to slow down traffic in the following segments:
- Edinger Avenue from Bolsa Chica Street to Springdale Street: from 45 miles an hour to 40 m.p.h.
- Indianapolis Avenue from Beach Boulevard to Newland Street: from 40 to 35.
- Parkside Lane from Edinger Avenue to Holt Drive: from 30 to 25.
- Warner Avenue from Pacific Coast Highway to Algonquin Street: from 50 to 45.
The recommendations come from surveying 10 street segments in the city by sampling travel speeds, accident history and special roadway characteristics.
A review of posted speed limits on a regular basis is required by the California Vehicle Code.
Committee to tackle odor
A proposal by Council member Billy O’Connell to create an ad hoc committee to investigate community complaints about airborne odors was approved on a 6-0 vote with Council Member Erik Peterson absent.
The group will consist of council members O’Connell, William Posey and Patrick Brenden. Their charge will be to seek to identify the cause of the odor and ways to mitigate it, all by June 1, 2018. Fumes from oil production may be connected to the odors, some members of the public suggested Monday night
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