(May 20, 2004) -- LBReport.com has learned that the southbay City of Manhattan Beach declined an request -- similar to one subsequently granted by LB City Hall -- to serve as a location for the production of MTV's "Beach House," a nationally telecast summer series that now plans to tape its 2004 programs from the Belmont Shore beachfront within weeks.
Steve Charelian, Revenue Services Specialist with the City of Manhattan Beach, told LBReport.com that MTV has previously telecast events from Manhattan Beach (and the city boasts a new 100,000 sq. foot production facility and welcomes entertainment industry productions). He said the Manhattan Beach decision regarding "Beach House" had nothing to do with MTV...or with the show as such.
Mr. Charelian said he made the decision based on other factors, stemming from the totality of the impact to the area. He said he felt the number of police and fire officers that would be needed, plus the number of lifeguards that might be required (which are provided via L.A. County), plus the length of the shooting schedule (five days as he recalls MTV's offer) coupled with the crowded summer time of year, combined with Manhattan Beach being a relatively small city, prompted him to decline on behalf of his city.
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