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#Six Man at #Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting Tonight in #LA Times

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you missed the LA Times article on May 3rd covering the Manhattan Beach Six Man Volleyball review at tonight's City Council Meeting, here's some highlights and link:

Manhattan Beach to consider curbing massive volleyball tournament

Since 1961, the city has hosted the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. But attendance has grown to 60,000, and businesses and residents complain about excessive partying and trash.

May 03, 2010|By Jeff Gottlieb

..."Last year, an estimated 60,000 people crowded the beach during the tournament's first day — almost twice the population of the city, and many times more than attend the Manhattan Beach Open, beach volleyball's premier event. The sand was so packed that teams had trouble getting to their next match on one of the 42 courts.

'It was scary," said Manhattan Beach hotel and restaurateur Michael Zislis. "There were so many people on the beach, I've never seen anything like it.'...

As the tournament has grown from a local event attended by a few thousand volleyball aficionados to one that has gained a national reputation as a great party, some in Manhattan Beach are wondering whether it needs to be scaled back.

'I don't even know if you can call most of the people who show up fans,' said tournament director J Parker Saikley. 'They just heard through the Internet it's a party.'

Which is why the City Council on Tuesday (tonight) is expected to take steps to control the crowd for the July 31-Aug.1 event. The panel is mulling moving the tournament date so fewer people attend, adding more security or fencing the area.

Though alcohol is banned on the county-owned beach, spectators sneak it in. In a report to the City Council, the Police Department said it has seen more drinking in recent years, especially among the underage.

Residents and businesses complain about attendees leaving behind beer bottles and other trash, urinating in public and partying into the early morning.

'It's either going to be no tournament because of that blatant disrespect for law and rules of the tournament, or it's going to be much more regulated so it's going to take fun out of it,' Saikley said."

Oh, and if you're curious about the entire proposal being presented tonight, check out the AVP's website here since they've uploaded all six pages.

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