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State coastal panel OKs zip line for Venice Beach

The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a pilot program that would bring a zip line to the Venice Beach recreation area this spring and summer.

Under the plan approved on a 7-4 vote, as many as four 750-foot-long zip lines would run above park land on the seaward side of the boardwalk between Horizon and 17th avenues. They would run between a 44-foot-high take-off platform and a 24-foot-high landing platform.

Rides would cost about $20 each.

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the area, said he hoped the zip lines would be in place by Memorial Day.

Some critics decried the prospect of hundreds of screaming zip line riders in the recreation area. But proponents said the city's share of proceeds would help pay to clean bathrooms and trash cans at the popular venue.

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