Laguna Beach will curb skateboarding, but not outlaw it.
The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that limits speed and allows city officials to ban skateboarding on certain streets in the name of safety, despite public testimony that often equated the ban with the deprivation of civil liberties.
The ordinance requires a second reading before it becomes law in Laguna, considered by many to be the cradle of skateboarding and a haven for downhill speedboarders.
"I have skated thousands of hills, and in those thousands are every hill in Laguna Beach, but there is only one I deem truly dangerous — Alta Vista," said Kevin Reimer, a two-time downhill skateboard world champion.
Alta Vista Way is one of 20 on which the council considered a ban on skateboarding and roller skating.
Mayor Toni Iseman would have added more. Councilwoman Verna Rollinger would have preferred none.
The council settled on eight.