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Beach lots full by midmorning; clouds not expected to interfere with fireworks

If you weren’t parked at a San Diego city beach by 10 a.m. to enjoy Fourth of July activities, you were too late.

So said San Diego police Lt. James Filley, who advised that all public parking lots from Ocean Beach to Torrey Pines were full.

“We expect a lot of people,” said Filley, in charge of police beach teams Sunday.

NWS forecaster Tina Stall said, ‘We won’t have total clearing at the beach, and the clouds will return this evening,’ Stall said. ‘But the clouds will be too high to interfere with fireworks. They’ll make a nice backdrop.’

San Diego Life Guard Service Lt. Nick Lerma confirmed that beaches are

already crowded, but perhaps not as densely as they used to be before the city banned seaside drinking two years ago.

“Here at Mission Beach, I see a lot of families, tent canopies,

barbecue grills,” Lerma said. “I know the parking lots are full, but people will find a way to get to the beach.”

Lerma said rip currents are strong and life guards have made a few

rescues today.

Despite the booze ban, Filley said officers have arrested 41 motorists

for drunken driving and several dozen other people for being drunk in public, since 6 a.m. Saturday.