The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of a motion introduced by Councilman Bill Rosendahl to expedite the permit process to install a temporary zip line ride this summer on Venice Beach.
Rosendahl introduced the motion last week to speed up the application in order to obtain a coastal development permit for the attraction from the California Coastal Commission at its July meeting in Chula Vista.
The motion calls for the city's Bureau of Engineering to conduct the necessary public hearings and prepare reports required to obtain the permit. It also directed the Department of Recreation and Parks to provide all necessary background information so the permitting process can be completed as quickly as possible to hold the event this summer.
The Venice Neighborhood Council in May voted in support of the proposal by a Canadian-based company to install a 720-foot zipline ride this summer on Venice Beach. The plan has been endorsed by Rosendahl and the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Rides on the 720-foot zip line will cost $20 with the city's portion of revenues staying within the Department of Recreation and Parks, which has pledged to spend two-thirds of it to increase restroom cleaning and trash removal this summer at Venice Beach.
The proposal also calls for youth classics in acrobatics and free public performances throughout the summer.
The zip line proposal replaced earlier plans for a 175-foot tall Ferris wheel that a United Kingdom-based company wanted to erect on Windward Plaza this summer.