The only venues for big beach volleyball tournaments in Northern California are Santa Cruz and Pismo Beach.

A pair of promoters hope to add Monterey to that list.

Club team coach Jason Companion and event organizer Ric Airada are seeking permission from the city of Monterey to stage a five-day, open beach volleyball tournament in July on Monterey's beach.

Companion says they hope to bring junior and adult teams, as well as professional and amateur competitors, to the event tentatively set for July 10-14.

"Nothing is set in stone yet, but it looks pretty promising," said Companion, a Marina resident involved in local volleyball since 1986. "We definitely have support in trying to build this event."

The city Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday is scheduled to consider the proposed tournament and make a recommendation to the City Council on an event permit.

A commission report recommends approval. The city would receive $500 a day for use of the beach. A layout of the tournament site shows 23 courts on the beach east of Monterey Municipal Wharf No. 2.

The organizers want to make the tournament a yearly event.

Companion said they hope to bring 80 to 100 teams, and, possibly, some of the top professional players. The 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. tournament could bring several thousand players and spectators to Monterey, Companion said.

"We're trying to showcase this area," he said.

Also Thursday, the commission will consider:

· Recreation fee increases that would generate about $133,000 in added city revenue. The City Council will make the final decision on the increased charges.

Among the proposed fee increases are: $5 more for group beach events; $15 more for summer playground charges; higher charges for drop-in, six-month and annual memberships at the Sports Center; and higher charges for classes, instructional leagues, aquatics programs and towel rentals, among others.

· A conceptual renovation plan for the skate park in Dennis the Menace Park. The city has $67,000 in neighborhood improvement money to expand the park.


If you go

·What:Monterey Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

·When:7 p.m. Thursday

·Where:City Council chambers, 580 Pacific St.