Monterey is hoping to clean up its beaches with new alcohol restrictions. Broken glass, loud partying, and dangerous fights are problems the city says its trying to get rid of. The new law passed by city leaders last night will take effect in early October.
"We see a wide variety of alcohol related problems on the beach such as underage drinking, loud parties, fights involving alcohol, things like that," said Ethan Andrews with Monterey Police.
Starting October 6th, those caught with alcohol and no permit could pay the price. Monterey Police plan to issue a citation to those not following the new rules.
"So once the restriction goes into effect you'll still be able to consume alcohol on the beach or other recreation areas within the city as long as you get a permit with the recreation department," said Andrews.
Right now, the city allows alcohol on public beaches between 6am and 10pm. Locals who live near Del Monte Beach think the idea is solid.
"Living here, I come here in the morning a lot and there's a lot of leftovers, a lot of remnants that end up not only on the beach but throughout the community, and it ends up in the marine environment," said local David Minovitz.
"I think the idea is probably good, I mean if they want to be more environmentally friendly, but I don't think it's gonna work," said local Tieshia Wolf.
Police say officers will begin an education period over the next month letting the public know about the restriction.
"Really the intent of it is to make sure the beach is a family friendly and safe environment for everybody," said Andrews.
But not everyone is happy to see the new rule take effect. One person, who wanted to remain annonymous, thinks the city is taking a heavy-handed approach to solving the problem.
"Definitely begs the question, what's wrong with people that they can't just come out here, be responsible human beings, appreciate the beauty about them, appreciate the people around them, and not need guided by such invasive laws."