It seems like just yesterday that we were sniggering over Sunset residents' concerns about illegal bonfires, but it was actually a few weeks ago. Since then, we've attended a (legal -- we were between Fulton and Lincoln, so we're in the clear) beach bonfire ourselves, and again noted that the worst criminal acts we observed were those involving alcohol.
Community members remain concerned, however, citing a lack of law enforcement leading to "nails, glass and still smoldering ashes that pose health hazards for next-day visitors.". It's true, when we let our illegally off leash dog take a dump we have no intention of cleaning up on the beach, the last thing we want is for her to get glass anywhere close to her little paws.
As we stated before, as Sunset residents ourselves we remain struck by the fact that local residents choose to focus their ire on parties being held on the beach by mainly inland residents, while their neighbors commit far more nefarious acts. That, or the crack pipe we stepped on in front of the 7-11 the other night was dropped by someone on their way to a bonfire, and the kids we watched tag the N stop at 43rd then enter the house across the street from us were actually bonfire bound.
Hey, maybe we're wrong about all this, though. If we didn't already have plans to sit on the couch and do nothing, we'd head out to Fort Mason, Building 201 at 7 p.m. tonight to attend a "a public meeting that will focus, in part, on how to manage beach blazes and other parties." Then again, we already know how to manage "other parties", but it involves 2 Buck Chuck and a lot of Cool (NOT "cooler") Ranch Doritos.cooler