It’s official: balloons outlawed in Laguna Beach, at least in public spaces

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 22. We are Carol Cormaci and Vince Nguyen bringing you this week’s TimesOC newsletter. Together we’ve aggregated the latest local news and events for you.

Those of you who live or own a business in Laguna Beach and find yourselves festively minded on occasion, take notice: If balloons are your party accessory of choice, you have only until the end of this year before an ordinance goes into place that will prohibit their presence on public property. Additionally, they’ll be banned from being released into the air and from being disposed of, except where they are contained with a lid.

Also, Laguna Beach merchants that currently stock the party staple will not be allowed to sell them within city limits once the law goes into effect.

Yes, the clock is ticking on the life of balloons in Laguna Beach, our colleague Andrew Turner writes, after the City Council, on its second reading Tuesday night, continued to support unanimously the new ordinance they approved in late January.

Violations of these restrictions can result in fines of up to $100 for a first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for each successive violation within one year, Turner reports. The ordinance allows for the city manager to revoke the business license of any recalcitrant retailer who commits four or more party balloon violations within a year.

The City Council’s decision on the matter has the solid endorsement of environmentalists.

“We shouldn’t utilize artificial stuff like single-use plastic balloons,” Turner quotes Hoiyin Ip, co-chair of the Sierra Club California zero waste committee as telling the City Council. “This is horrible in terms of the impact to wildlife and biodiversity. I hope this will change the way people think.”

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Man accused of stealing hotel room key, robbing victims

A view looking north down Ocean Boulevard of several hotels in Myrtle Beach. A man was arrested for robbing two victims in a hotel after stealing a room key.

A view looking north down Ocean Boulevard of several hotels in Myrtle Beach. A man was arrested for robbing two victims in a hotel after stealing a room key.

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A suspect accused of stealing a room key and robbing two victims at gunpoint at a Myrtle Beach hotel was arrested Tuesday by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Daeshaun Page, 24, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, first degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to an arrest report.

An incident report states that the robbery occurred about 3 a.m. at the Patricia Grand Hotel along Ocean Boulevard on Feb. 6.

The Patricia Grand Hotel declined a request for comment made by The Sun News Wednesday morning.

Two victims were awakened by two males armed with handguns, the police report says. Page and one other suspect, who has not been identified, pulled a woman from the bed while pointing a gun at her and forced her to lay down on the floor.

The suspects stole an Xbox Series X, an iPhone 13 Pro, two bank cards, a gold chain and money, according to the report.

The police report continues to say that the suspects grabbed one of the victim’s phone, changed the password, and forced her to lay down again.

A second victim awoke to the suspects striking him on the head multiple times and forced him to lay on the floor. The suspects gave orders to the two to not look up.

The interaction lasted about 10 to 15 minutes, the report states. The two victims called the hotel desk after the interaction, who then called the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

There is no additional information about the second reported suspect listed in the report.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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