Santa Cruz County 4th of July: Safety and Clean Up
Santa Cruz County beaches will host thousands of visitors over the 4th of July weekend. In fact, it marks the busiest beach weekend of the season! In an effort to protect and preserve our beautiful county, violators who disrespect the beaches will be subject to "Triple Fines". Read more below about specific violations of the Municipal Code that will be subject to a minimum fine of $532. Be safe, have fun, and respect this beautiful county!
Via the Santa Cruz Police Dept.... "SCPD will be actively seeking out and enforcing all violations that have been designated for triple fines under the Safety Enhancement Zone. Some of those violations include: · Fireworks possession · Possession of Open Containers or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Public Places · Graffiti · Noise Violations · Trespassing · Conduct on Public Property · Urinating/Defecating in Public If you witness illegal fireworks being discharged or any of the violations listed above, the Santa Cruz Police Department strongly encourages you to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the incident. Our patrol teams will be busy, but we will respond to complaints of illegal fireworks. We ask that you are willing to assist us by identifying and signing a complaint against the person(s) responsible. This means the person in possession of the fireworks or the one responsible for putting flame to fuse. We also ask you be willing to testify in court, if necessary. With the increased fire danger this year, we are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July."
Local organization, Save Our Shores, will also be hosting multiple beach cleanups over the weekend and the days following. This is a great effort by a local entity to ensure the safety and well being of our community. For anyone interested in volunteering, please see the event times below. Pollution Prevention is Patriotic Outreach Efforts in Santa Cruz July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Join Save Our Shores for our annual July 4th Pollution Prevention is Patriotic outreach on Santa Cruz County's most popular beaches. Public volunteers are welcome to join as individuals or small groups. On this day, we talk to beach goers about plastic pollution, hand out trash and recyclable bags, and encourage beach goers to use these bags doing all of these with a smile. Star Spangled Beach Cleanups in Santa Cruz County July 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Come out and join Save Our Shores’ early morning cleanup efforts following the July 4th holiday which is the biggest beach day of the year! The cleanup will take place at multiple beach sites in Santa Cruz County Individual and small group volunteers are welcome. Save Our Shores provides all necessary supplies, and we encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles. To register as a volunteer, please fill out the form here. Beaches included in this initiative will be:
- Davenport Main Beach Cowell and Main Beach,
- Seabright State Beach,
- Twin Lakes State Beach,
- Sunny Cove Beach,
- Moran Lake Beach - with Surfrider
- Seacliff State Beach
- Hidden Beach - with Rio Del Mar Improvement Association.
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