I haven't been there since November 2009 one daytime, walking with my niece. I'm essentially from Venice Beach - it's my home area even though I live now in New Mexico. (Don't get me started). First I had a studio, and then lived, at Windward and Ocean Front Walk. After that, I lived something like ten or twelve blocks away from the ocean from '74 to late '98, and still semi follow what is going on through a website, yo venice, or some name like that - not looked just recently.
I've walked the beach on the beach or the ocean front walk, or jogged it, a huge number of times, I'd say thousands. It changes by the hours passing, or at least used to, plus by the days of the week and the months.
Last I was paying attention, they were shutting the walk down in late night hours.
Haven't checked how that is working or not.
I've a thread here on a2k about some guy who lived a few blocks from us who was a key distributor, article in the NYer if I remember. I'd have to look up the link, very interesting article.
I think we will go through another bunch of phases where pot is restricted generally but some places are fine with it, and thus get overwhelmed as destiny places.