San Diego (KUSI) -The county’s supervisory board unanimously approved an exemption fee for the event industry (planners, venues, vendors) as the COVID-19 pandemic relaxed event restrictions, officials announced today. ..
At a meeting on Tuesday, the supervisor resolved to exempt the 2021-22 fiscal year permit from the Department of Environmental Health and Quality, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Security of San Diego County, and the Department of Fire Department of San Diego County.
Helen Robbins-Meyer, Chief Administrative Officer of the county, will return with a resolution within 30 days, including a fee exemption as part of the Board’s regularly scheduled COVID-19 renewal.
“Today, hard-working San Diego in the event industry can take a sigh of relief,” said Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher. “We are delighted to be able to support these businesses and look forward to the resurgence of family-friendly events in San Diego County.”
Fletcher recently said the event industry was “heavy financially hit by a pandemic.” Unlike other sectors that could run with limited capacity and generate some income, they couldn’t because of the protection around large rallies. “
According to the San Diego Government Association, the conference and special events industry brought 2.7 million visitors and $ 3.5 billion in spending to San Diego in 2019.
“The event industry deserves some financial support as the event restrictions have been relaxed,” Fletcher continued.
Laurel McFarlane, chairman of the San Diego Event Coalition, said Fletcher has been working with SDEC on the issue since last year.
“Events are about people. The relationships they create, the non-profit programs they support, the awareness of the community and the traffic they generate, and most urgently, the behind-the-scenes individuals who depend on the event to make a living. People, “said McFarlane. .. “It often feels like the industry and its people are forgotten.”
SDEC membership includes some of San Diego’s largest annual events, including Chula Vista Harborfest, San Diego Pride, Sokartaco Fest, Art Walk, San Diego County Fair, San Diego Dinner Emblanc, Gator by the Bay, and La Mesa Oktoberfest. Produce.
If the policy is passed, Fletcher’s office will have an expected impact on San Diego County revenue of $ 1.13 million for DEHQ, $ 400,000 for DPR, $ 118,280 for the Security Agency, and $ 6,000 for the San Diego County Fire Department. I estimate that it will exceed.
Until guidance from the US Treasury, the source of funding will be the American Rescue Plan Act.
Laurel McFarlane, owner of McFarlane Promotions and chairman of the San Diego Event Coalition, has joined KUSI to discuss this new development.
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