June 14, 2024


Cooking Is My World

Ventura extends downtown Main Street closure through 2024


Austin and Mirella Taylor, of Ventura, enjoy lunch alfresco on April 8, 2021 at Limón y Sal on Ventura's Main Street.

The Ventura City Council extended the closure of downtown Main Street to vehicles through June 2024 as it explores ways to make the street dining program permanent.

Jim Friedman, one of the councilmembers to approve the extension Monday night, said  he wanted more input from the businesses on the barricaded five blocks of Main Street. 

Friedman said the future of the program, dubbed Main Street Moves, depends on the willingness of the property owners to pay for using public right of ways and other city costs.

“That’s important data we need,” Friedman said.

Friedman said the information would help the council determine the costs of an environmental impact report, which could range from $75,000 to $500,000. If an entire street is shut down instead of remaining open with patio spaces, the review process would cost more.


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