Skateboarders and supporters of limits on the activity gave the Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee an earful last week, but neither side will know how well they pitched their cases for at least eight weeks.
Testimony presented by speakers, who ranged in age from pre-teen to an octogenarian, at the July 22 meeting will be considered by a PTC subcommittee, which is scheduled to make recommendations at the Sept. 22 full committee hearing on what, if any, restrictions should be placed on trick skateboarding or its off-shoot, downhill speed boarding.
The committee has been tasked to assess issues of safety, tradition, love of the sport and what some have termed unruly behavior.
"This sport is an inextricable part of our town's culture," said Genny Davis, 20, a Laguna Beach High School graduate and one of the 35 speakers at the hearing. "Laguna's residents love to skate. High school students who cannot drive or afford expensive activities use it as a free, healthy form of exercise, entertainment and transportation."