In response to complaints from Sandyland Cove homeowners fed up over constant disturbances in their beachfront community, an ordinance banning alcohol—except by permit—at Sandyland beach was unanimously approved Tuesday, January 19, by the County Board of Supervisors.
The beach in question is located at the western end of Carpinteria, between the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and Santa Claus Lane. Despite an alcohol ban on the portion of the beach that lies within the Carpinteria city limits, and a sign reading “No alcohol allowed” at the primary public entrance on Ash Avenue, alcohol was still allowed on the county’s portion of Sandyland beach, west of Ash.
There are many kids from Carpinteria who go to Sandyland with coolers of alcohol, Lieutenant Eric Koopmans told the supes. Carpinteria City beach has more of a family atmosphere, while Sandyland has more of a party atmosphere, Koopmans explained. He said that in the past year, law enforcement has responded to 310 calls reporting noise, public drunkenness, drug use, and suspicious persons at the beach or in the surrounding neighborhood. Residents added that do not want law enforcement resources to continue to be diverted from emergency calls to attend to these nuisances.