In what a spokesman for Club Diego's called a "shocking, punitive action," the Solana Beach City Council has temporarily cut the nightclub's capacity by more than half the number its permit allows.
The council Monday night voted, 3-2, to limit to 300 the number of patrons permitted in the club and adjoining Mexican restaurant on Old Highway 101. That limit will remain in force at least until Feb. 17, when a public hearing will be held on allowing the club to raise the occupancy to 678.
The action is the latest in a long-running battle between Solana Beach officials and the nightclub, approved by the county Board of Supervisors before the city incorporated last June. Since it opened last summer, Diego's has repeatedly violated its crowd limit and drawn complaints from residents who say patrons are noisy and monopolize parking.
The club's county use permit initially restricted Diego's to 300 patrons but provided for a capacity increase if the nightclub obtained additional parking. Diego's owners did so, but a building moratorium in Solana Beach prevented the council from processing a permit amendment to raise the occupancy.