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Now is the time to ban alcohol from our beaches

This past Monday, 16 people were arrested for public drunkenness and fighting on Pacific Beach. Certainly, the hot weather and Labor Day crowds contributed to the melee, but it appears that alcohol was the factor that led to the violence.

The debate over whether alcohol should be banned at San Diego’s beaches is not a new one. Here in La Jolla, alcohol is banned at all beaches, except for WindanSea and La Jolla Cove.

In fact, La Jolla’s Parks & Beaches committee recently met to discuss extending the beach alcohol ban to WindanSea, due to concerns about disruptive behavior by people who party at the beach there.

Here’s a thought: Beaches aren’t bars! If we remove alcohol from all local beaches, San Diego’s police officers won’t have to patrol beaches in riot gear. Our lifeguards can hopefully spend more time watching swimmers, and less time serving as bouncers, by having to eject intoxicated beachgoers.

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As our notorious “Bird Rock Bandits” find themselves in court soon, to defend themselves in the beating death of local surfer Emery Kauani, La Jollans know all too well about the unpleasant combination of youth and alcohol. Let’s take the simple first step, and remove alcohol from all of San Diego’s beaches, so that everyone can enjoy the beach … in peace.


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