San Clemente beaches will now close two hours early at 10 p.m. amid ongoing public safety concerns. The change was approved Tuesday and went into effect on Wednesday night. However, the rule won’t be enforced until signs are officially posted at the beach.
A unanimous city council vote approved the new rule following a May 26 assault involving three Marines being beaten by a crowd of teenagers at the San Clemente Pier.
The move addresses ongoing concerns over increasing public safety issues at the beach and nearby downtown areas. Officials also approved the hiring of more private security to patrol the beaches.
KTLA's Chip Yost reports on June 8, 2023.