The Oceanside Police Department (OPD) will have over 100 police officers in the beach and downtown to help enforce the city’s alcohol-free areas, which include beaches, jetties, the pier, and all parking lots. OPD reminds everyone that public consumption of alcohol is prohibited, as well as public drunkenness. To ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend, the Department’s philosophy will be one of ZERO TOLERANCE against crimes, acts of civil unrest, and fireworks.
Lieutenant Leonard Mata says “The police department is committed to providing a safe environment for the 4th of July event; therefore we are asking our community and guests to do their part by obeying the laws that were enacted to provide for their safety.”
Aaron Byzak, President of the North Coastal Prevention Coalition, whose mission is to reduce the harms of alcohol and drugs in the Tri-City area, says “As we celebrate our country’s founding by gathering at the beach with our friends and neighbors, we hope that everyone will remember to act responsibly.”
During the 4th of July weekend, the City of Oceanside will host their annual Fourth of July celebration. This year due to financial restraints the fireworks display will not take place. About 100,000 people are expected to attend the weekend festivities, the mission of the Police Department is to provide for public safety during the weekend events, promote community safety and effectively manage the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The Fire Department will also have emergency personnel pre-staged in both the Harbor Beach and Pier area on July Fourth. They will have additional paramedic and fire crews roaming the area to provide emergency services in the area.
Teri Figueroa. (2011, July 2). Police: Avoid alcohol on beach. North County Times, Local, B3.