A: Our KION Question came from Melinda in Santa Cruz. She asked us, "Are there any beaches in Santa Cruz that you can drink alcohol?"
According to Santa Cruz Police, the answer is no... on City beaches.
Santa Cruz Police offered the following information:
9.12.020 CONSUMPTION OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS IN PUBLIC PLACES. According to City Code: It is unlawful for any person to consume any intoxicating liquor in any public place or public way as defined in Chapter 9.50 or on any school grounds. This section does not apply to consumption or possession of intoxicating liquor in the civic auditorium, in cafe extension areas licensed pursuant to the applicable provisions of Chapter 24.10 of this code; in the city library or in other public places where possession and consumption of intoxicating liquor is permitted by rules adopted by the public official responsible for the public place.
9.12.030 DISPLAY OF OPEN CONTAINERS. No person shall have in his or her possession in any public place described in Section 9.12.020 any bottle, can, or other receptacle containing any intoxicating liquor which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed, unless such receptacle is fully enclosed in a box or other container, so as to be inaccessible for consumption without opening the box or other container. This section shall not be construed to apply under any circumstances governed or regulated by the California Vehicle Code.