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A woman stokes a fire at Dockweiler State Beach, which runs next to Los Angeles International Airport. The city’s early morning curfew applies to all beaches between Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades and Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

L.A., whose midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew includes Dockweiler State Beach, is shaping up as the first big battleground over the issue. The state wants the curfew relaxed, but the city vows to fight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Cyclists cast long shadows across the sand as the setting sun casts a golden glow on Dockweiler State Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lifeguard stands line Venice Beach, where the city of Los Angeles' midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew applies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A police SUV patrols the Venice Beach boardwalk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A woman sleeps just off the Venice Beach boardwalk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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A battle is brewing in Los Angeles over the city’s longstanding midnight- to-5 a.m. beach curfew. The California Coastal Commission has told city officials that the curfew  is illegal without state approval, setting the stage for similar challenges to beach curfews established by cities up and down the coast.

The dispute is likely to rekindle debate over coastal access, with beach cities arguing that the curfews are needed to ward off late-night crime on the beaches and coastal regulators advocating for the public’s right to be on the sand whenever they want.

See the photo gallery above for photographer Luis Sinco’s images from Dockweiler and Venice beaches, where Los Angeles’ curfew is well-known to beachgoers.

Read Tony Barboza’s full story,  “Coastal panel challenges beach curfews.”

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