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YouTube videos prompt crackdown on remote-controlled cars in Huntington Beach

May 7, 2010 | 12:43 pm

Huntington Beach is cracking down on remote-controlled model cars amid complaints from some residents and YouTube videos showing the cars racing through local parks.

The City Council this week approved a proposal to set standards and locations for the use of such cars.

A proposal was approved unanimously to direct staff to draft an ordinance to restrict the vehicles to specific areas in parks and look into designating an area for their use.

The ordinance, when drafted, will come back to the council for formal approval.

The proposal was brought to the council by Mayor Cathy Green after she received complaints about the destruction the miniature cars were causing to the habitat, the noise they created and the dust they kicked up.

“I just kind of want to make sure we have a place for kids and parents to go that is safe but not destructive,” Green told the Huntington Beach Independent.

Community Services Director Jim Engle said staff will begin looking into alternative locations for the vehicles.

Not all users are creating a problem, Engle said. It is the people who build dirt jumps and dig courses into the area near Goldenwest Street and Talbert Avenue in Huntington Central Park, he said.

Read the full story here.

-- Britney Barnes reporting from Huntington Beach Independent