The city says it has 19 applications for permanent parklets and those businesses will now be able to keep their temporary structures up until January 2023.
The program had been extended multiple times and was set to end June 30, but some business operators hoping to make their additions permanent could have until the end of September to operate temporary parklets as their applications are processed.
At one point there were 130 temporary parklets in Long Beach but so far just 25 have shown interest in making their outdoor dining areas permanent as the June 30 deadline for the temporary program approaches.
A city official said that just 10 of the 30 businesses currently operating a parklet on Second Street in Belmont Shore have indicated they might pursue a permanent structure.
California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets.
The extension would also extend to businesses using parking lots for outdoor dining. The council’s previous extension of the program was set to expire at the start of October.
Lola’s owners are among the first to take advantage of a city program to turn pandemic-inspired temporary parklets into permanent outdoor-dining fixtures.
As part of Tuesday’s decision, the businesses that apply for permanent parklets will have to go through a permitting process and adhere to guidelines established by the city.
The City Council is expected to consider both a permanent and temporary extension option for individual restaurant patios across the city.
The owner disputes whether the New Year’s Eve event is a party but says it will go on as planned.