HB horse patrol

Police officers ride horses on The Strand to patrol Hermosa Beach during Fourth of July weekend. photo by Gil Castro

Enhanced police enforcement will begin in Hermosa Beach beginning at 10 a.m. on July 4th, according to the Hermosa Beach Police Department.

“Our efforts over the past six years have reduced incidents of disturbing the peace within our community, ensuring safe and memorable Independence Day celebrations in Hermosa Beach,” said Milton McKinnon, acting police chief.

Officers will strictly enforce laws banning public intoxication, driving under the influence, underage drinking and drinking on the beach. Violators will be subject to arrest or citation, with a minimum fine of $500, plus court fees.

All fireworks are illegal in Hermosa Beach, including those labeled “safe and sane.” The use of fireworks is also subject to fines and confiscation.

At parties where underage drinking occurs, the city's “Social Host Ordinance” holds either the parents accountable or whomever is the responsible person at the residence that hosts the party. The ordinance imposes a fine of $2,500 for first offense ticket, $5,000 for a second offense and $10,000 for a third offense.

If police receive complaints about noise or other problems that result in more than one response to the property, they will charge the property owner for the cost of that or successive police/emergency responses.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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