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Gulf Shores bans alcohol on beaches effective immediately

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

Effectively immediately all consumption of alcohol on public beaches in Gulf Shores corporate limits is prohibited. This is effective immediately until April 17.

It was decided today during a special session of the Gulf Shores City Council.

Essentially this means no alcohol may be consumed between the dunes and the waterline, Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown told FOX10 News.

“The city has a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors and an obligation to protect the reputation of the city as a family-friendly destination,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said during the meeting. Craft went on to say, “In order to keep spring break in Gulf Shores a safe environment, it is time we take action.”

According to a Gulf Shores news release, the new ban prohibits anyone from possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverage on any portion of the beach south of the protected sand dunes within the Gulf Shores city limits from the west end of Gulf State Park Beach to the very end of West Beach.

The news release stated that during the spring break season, college-aged visitors are drawn in large numbers to beach destinations, and the city finds the prolonged consumption of alcohol this year is directly associated with undesirable behavior and an increased risk to public safety.

“Gulf Shores has long been known as a favorite beach destination for families from across the Southeast and Midwest,” Craft said. “In recent years, we have seen an increase in students coming here for spring break, and we again want to reiterate that we are a family-friendly destination that welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy our beaches and destination responsibly. We as city leaders have an obligation to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our citizens and our visitors and to protect our beaches.”

Anyone in violation of the new ordinance is subject to a fine up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail, according to the city.

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