OCEANSIDE — There will be no fireworks during the July 4 city of Oceanside’s annual Fourth of July celebration, due to financial constraints. The event is still expected to draw close to 200,000 people to the beach and downtown areas.
The mission of the police department is to provide for public safety during the weekend events, promote community safety and effectively manage the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
The areas west of the railroad tracks to the ocean and north and south to the city limits has been designated as a “Safety Enhancement Zone.” Fines for Municipal Code violations will be tripled within the Safety Zone.
Vehicular access to the area west of the railroad tracks, between Wisconsin Avenue and the Harbor Beach will be controlled by various road closures. The areas primarily impacted by the festivities will be Mission Avenue, Pacific Street, Coast Highway, The Strand and beach. Parking lots will be designated for handicapped, resident and resident guest parking on a first come basis.
On July 4, Neptune Drive east of Pacific Street and west of the railroad tracks and Ash Street between Myers Street and the alley will be closed. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Motorists are advised to check all parking lots for closures. Parking Enforcement will post designated lots with “No Parking” signs advising residents and visitors. All parking is on a first-come-first-served basis. All parking lots west of the railroad tracks (not including The Strand) will be available for residents and guests.
Vehicle access will be allowed into closed areas on a limited basis to residents and guests of residents with off-street parking only. Proper identification will be required to verify the residents’ address.
Roadway closure exceptions for residents and guests will include;
— If residents need to exit the closed areas after the streets have been closed, they will be allowed to leave. If they wish to enter the area after the streets have been closed, they must be able to show proof of residency and confirm that they will be parking in their driveway, garage or off-street parking.
— Guests of residents will be allowed into the closed area provided they have an address in the area where they have been invited. The verification process will most likely involve an access point. City staff will make a phone call to the resident confirming the visit. Officers in the area will make every effort to accommodate the residents and guests of residents.
— However, when pedestrian traffic in the closed area becomes so heavy that the safety of pedestrians is being compromised and vehicular traffic cannot safely navigate the area, no resident, guest or resort property vehicles will be allowed into the closed areas. If and when this occurs, vehicles will not be allowed into the closed area until it is determined that the amount of pedestrian traffic is at a safe level for vehicles to travel safely.
Handicapped parking in the immediate beach area is located on the north side of the Beach Community Center (Lot 30) and The Strand and Wisconsin Avenue (Lot 31). Handicapped passengers are allowed to be dropped off at Surfrider Way at The Strand.
With no public fireworks display in Oceanside this year, the Oceanside Police Department will have more than 200 officers in the area to enforce safety for all, teaming up with Oceanside Fire Prevention personnel to confiscate all illegal fireworks. It is a reminder to all that possession of fireworks is illegal in the city and county.
The Fire Department will have emergency personnel prestaged in both the Harbor beach and Pier area on July Fourth. They will have additional paramedic and fire crews roaming the area to provide emergency services in the area.
The Oceanside Lifeguard Service will be fully staffed to handle all water incidents during the busy weekend. The public is also reminded that public consumption of alcohol is prohibited, as well as public drunkenness. The department’s philosophy will be one of zero tolerance against crimes and acts of civil unrest.
Smoking is prohibited on the beach, pier and in public places. There are no dogs, no bicycles, no tents on the beach and no skateboards on public streets allowed on The Strand on July 4.
For more information about the events, visit the city’s website at www.ci.oceanside.ca.us or call (760) 435-5227.