The proposed project is the Imperial Beach Sun and Sea Festival, which will take place at the oceanfront areas of Imperial Beach, including Portwood Pier Plaza and Dunes Park, on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The purpose of the event is to enliven the San Diego Bay waterfront and Imperial Beach oceanfront by providing a recreational community event that appeals to all ages. The District will provide event sponsorship and financial assistance for the event, a free community festival that will include art, live music, circus acrobatic performances, sand sculptures, and food concessions. Additionally, a Kids'n Kastles youth sand sculpting completion will be held on the nearby beach. The event has an expected attendance of over 20,000 people. Parking will be available along Seacoast Drive and in public parking lots in the nearby areas.
The project is determined to be Categorically Exempt pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) and/or 15323 (Normal Operations of Facilities for Public Gatherings) and Section 3.d (6) of the District's Guidelines for Compliance with CEQA because it is a temporary festival that will not involve the removal of mature, scenic trees or have any permanent effects on the environment.