Westport’s alcohol-at-Compo rule — it’s permitted only on South Beach, and glass bottles are prohibited everywhere — was severely tested at last month’s fireworks.
Some folks had no idea of the regulations. Others simply flouted it.
But even the most diehard drinker has a ways to go to beat San Diego.
When alcohol was banned on all city beaches last year, intrepid citizens organized “Floatopias.” They grabbed a few cold ones, jumped into inner tubes and any other “floating device,” then lounged in the water a few feet from shore.
Thanks to Facebook and other social media, up to 6,000 people attend the events. The city spends over $20,000 monitoring each Floatopia.
Lifeguards have made 66 rescues. One man — too drunk to stand up in shallow water — almost drowned.
The City Council is fighting back. A proposed ordinance would prohibit alcohol consumption up to 3 nautical miles offshore.
They say California trends are often a year or two ahead of the rest of the country…