A restaurant got its wish Wednesday to make a little music in San Clemente.
With a vote of 5-0, the city’s Planning Commission approved a permit allowing the Shore at 201 Avenida Del Mar to have live entertainment and dancing.
“I really appreciate the investment that has been put into this business,” said commission Chairperson Nesa Anderson. “The food there is very good, and it’s just nice to see that restaurant taking off and being so successful.”
The permit allows the restaurant to have live entertainment seven days a week 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., but the owner said that the most likely days for live entertainment would be Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
According to city staff, over the past three years the business has had 32 special event permits allowing live entertainment and dancing, and there have been no complaints about it to the city, to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department or the Orange County Fire Authority.
After some discussion, commissioners decided to require that the restaurant have two security guards after 10 p.m. on nights where there would be live entertainment and dancing.
After the vote, business owner Ed Silkaitis said that “really nice” to see the city in support of the permit.
“I think it’s going to be bring a lot of good to the Del Mar area,” Silkaitis said.
Silkaitis said that the live entertainment could also include comedians, djs and karaoke.
Six people spoke in favor of the permit during public comments. No one spoke in opposition.
“We'd just like to say the Shore is definitely home for us,” said Nick TerraFranca, who said his band has played at the restaurant a number of times over the last year. “We are strictly background music for the people. We have never had one complaint.”
“I get a lot of people that are saying we feel safe,” said William Crowell, a manager at the Shore. “It’s nice to come there and enjoy some music.”
Commissioner Michael Kaupp recused himself from discussion and the vote, saying that he had property within 500 feet of the downtown area.
- The city also approved a permit for Saddleback Church of San Clemente to move into a new home at 1311 Calle Batido.
- Officials voted 6-0 to recommend that the City Council vote to lower the speed limit on the portion of Avenida Pico between El Camino Real and Calle De Los Molinos. Following the results of a traffic speed survey, city staff supported lowering the limit from 40 mph to 35 mph. To read the staff report on the item, click here.
- The next planning commission meeting takes place 6 p.m. June 20.