Thursday, June 01, 2006

Press Release: Petition Drive Launches

Petition Drive Kicks Off Today to SAVE the BOOM!!!

LAGUNA BEACH – the grassroots campaign to save the endangered Boom Boom Room and Historic Coast Inn (1401 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651) launched its petition drive today with a goal of gathering 5,000 signatures by Labor Day. “June 1st is the start of the Hurricane season on the East Coast, but this will be the Laguna Hurricane Season,” stated
Fred Karger, founder of Save the Boom!!!

“I spoke to the organizer of a similar effort in Provincetown, MA. Last summer they collected 3,500 signatures to stop a Chicago developer from tearing down the Boatslip and building condominiums in its place. We want to get more signatures than they did and hope to have the same results,” stated Karger. The Boatslip is a mostly gay hotel and bar in Provincetown, MA, a popular beach resort on the tip of Cape Cod.

We want to show the City leaders of Laguna Beach that the residents of Laguna, as well as visitors to our city want to keep the Boom Boom Room and the Coast Inn gay. The Boom Boom Room is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the Western United States.

The Coast Inn was sold last fall to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, a Beverly Hills Billionaire for a reported $13 million. He also purchased the properties across the street for another $12 million. Udvar-Hazy is the 125th richest American on the Forbes list, worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

SAVE the BOOM!!! was started in March of 2006 with the goal of preserving the second oldest hotel in Laguna Beach built in 1929 and the Boom Boom Room which dates back to the 1960’s.

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