Lobster festival to raise money for Shores upgrades

DEL MAR — The fourth annual Maine Lobster Festival, hosted by the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 16 at Del Mar Shores Park on Ninth Street and Stratford Court.
The cost is $85 per person for either a lobster or New York steak dinner or $100 for surf and turf. Part of the proceeds will go to Friends of Del Mar Parks to help pay for planning and improvements at the Shores property, a 5.3-acre site adjacent to where the fundraiser will take place.
The city purchased the property from Del Mar Union School District in 2008 for $8.5 million. It was once home to Del Mar Shores Elementary, which closed in the 1970s. When the district sought to sell the site, residents urged the city to buy it as it was considered the last remaining open space within Del Mar.
Friends of Del Mar Parks began a fundraising drive that raised about $5 million for the purchase. Last year the city sold a vacant lot on Balboa Avenue for $4.4 million to retire the debt.
The private fundraising group is now trying to secure money to develop the site. The lobster festival will include live music and silent and live auctions.
Visit delmarshores.org for more information or to buy tickets. The deadline is July 13.

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