Surf Soccer Club will let kids play despite receiving cease & desist from San Diego County

DEL MAR (KUSI) – The latest victims of San Diego County’s targeted enforcement efforts is the Surf Soccer Club.

Surf Soccer Club is a large organization that boys and girls from all over San Diego are honored to play for.

They host practices at the Polo Fields Del Mar, and have continued to do so while keeping their players safe.

ABC 10 recently ran a story calling out Surf Soccer because their young and healthy players were not wearing masks, or social distancing.Kimberly Hunt Tweet On Surf Soccer Story

The Board President of the nearby Polo Club Homes community, Scott Kameron, was interviewed by ABC 10, and was so upset that kids were playing soccer, he felt the need to report the actions to the County of San Diego.

Surf Soccer says ABC 10’s Kimberly Hunt took the footage used in the story herself.

In response to ABC 10’s story, the Surf Soccer Club says they received a Cease & Desist letter from San Diego County demanding they stop activity since youth sports competition is not yet allowed by the state of California.

Hunt promoted the story on her Twitter page, and has since deleted it after Surf Soccer published the letter they sent back to the County of San Diego.

In short, Surf Soccer Club told San Diego County they respect them for doing their job, but they will continue to play soccer.

The letter began by asserting the club knows, “this is no longer about the science or keeping kids safe. The data is mounting every day that COVID transmission on sports fields is negligible.” Proving their point saying, “Miraculously, kids in 48 states are safely playing youth sports every day.”

Surf Soccer Club was extremely critical of San Diego County’s “unequal enforcement” efforts in regard to violations of the COVID guidelines. The letter read, “the only reason you are focusing on Surf is that our neighboring multi-million dollar home owners want to return our facility to support their horse lifestyle. Unequal use of your power is an abuse of your power.”

Surf Soccer Club concluded, “If your choice is to send an inspector daily to our fields, please simply let us know and we will get out our checkbook. We won’t let these kids down. We will continue to let kids play. We will continue to be the gold standard in safety protocols. We will continue to be positive contributors to our community. We will continue doing the same things we’ve done since June.”

KUSI has repeatedly asked San Diego County health officials why our youth can’t resume sports competition, like the rest of the country, but we have yet to get a straight answer.

The complete letter to San Diego County from the Surf Soccer Club is below:

Surf Soccer Club Responds To San Diego County

EDITOR’S NOTE

KUSI published a story on the dispute between Surf Soccer and the County of San Diego.

Surf Soccer held practice sessions , that concerned the County , in regard to COVID-19 regulations for

outdoor activity. The County issued “cease and desist “ orders that were not followed by the athletic 

organization.

A letter sent from Surf Soccer to the County asserted that KGTV anchor, Kimberly Hunt was part of a neighborhood

group opposed to their activities .

KGTV has asked that we clarify the story 

  1. Kimberly is not a member of any group opposed to Surf Soccer
  2. She did not originate the video of the action
  3. She did not produce or report on the story

KUSI’s posting made no claims, except to show a tweet on the story, and to summarize the letter from the group to the county.

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