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Jul 3, 2013 9:38 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Fourth of July preps at local beaches: Extra patrols on duty for safety

Fourth of July preparations have been underway since May, but for some, it's a holiday spent on the job. Pismo Beach Police will be out in full force because 70,000 to 100,000 people are expected to be at the beach.

California State Park Rangers will also be out in full force on the Oceano Dunes as 4,000 vehicles are expected.

"There's never a dull moment out here, that is for sure," said Ben Mariani, who works for BJ's ATV Rentals.

Ben Mariani said Fourth of July on the dunes is all about good times, but when he rents an atv, safety comes first.

"The main thing to be aware of is other people," he said.

With any celebration, alcohol is usually around, and on the stretch of the beach in Oceano Dunes it's legal.

"There are some people who will get a little wild and a little crazy having a couple of beers. Those are the people who you have to watch out for," said Mariani.

A few miles north, in Pismo Beach, alcohol is not allowed on the beach.

"On this day we enforce all the laws, but we will aggressively be going after alcohol and fireworks, not only in town but specifically on the beach," said Commander Jake Miller, Pismo Beach Police Department

Alcohol fines vary, while setting off a firework will cost you $2,000.

"Fireworks and large crowds just don't mix all that well. We want everyone to enjoy their Fourth of July celebration, just as safely as possible," said Commander Miller.

The Pismo Beach fireworks show should begin around 9:20 p.m. There will be road closures starting at 8:45 p.m. Officers will be helping guide traffic in and out of town.



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