Just about every tourist-related business in Santa Monica sees dollar signs in Cirque du Soleil's return to a beachfront parking lot near the pier this fall.

Everyone, that is, except the company that runs the Pacific Park amusement center.

The problem for Pacific Park is that Cirque du Soleil will be setting up on what it considers to be its main parking lot, blocking more than 700 spaces. There is also public parking on the pier itself and in other nearby lots, but park managers are concerned that many of their 4 million annual visitors won't want to compete with Cirque fans for parking spaces.


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