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Police step up patrols for holiday

The San Diego Police Department issued a release this week with a commitment of extra assigning personnel to the beaches and bays over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Officers will be both in uniform and in plain clothes.

In addition to beach and park enforcement, officers will conduct DUI saturation patrols in the beach areas and they will also enforce “Click It or Ticket.”

Visitors and residents are reminded the consumption or possession of an open alcoholic beverage is prohibited on San Diego’s beaches and bays. The prohibited locations incorporate public areas including the sand, seawall, sidewalk, boardwalk, parking lots, parks, piers, jetties and public rights-of-way.

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For a detailed list where alcohol is not permitted, see San Diego Municipal Code Section 56.54 by visiting

www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk

There are over 400 signs in the beach areas listing the rules and regulations. San Diego police officers, lifeguards and park rangers will issue citations for alcohol offenses committed during the holiday. The maximum fine for a first offense is $250.