TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Alcohol will no longer be permitted on Chambers Landing Beach on the West Shore over the busy Fourth of July holiday.
At its meeting Tuesday in Kings Beach, the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to include the popular beach in the enforcement of an annual alcohol ban for floaters and kayakers along the Truckee River between its outlet at Lake Tahoe and the River Ranch in Alpine Meadows.
Included in the ban is the ability for law enforcement to cite and confiscate alcohol — an ability, said Placer County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Ausnow, that will send a clear message to the public.
“This drunken tomfoolery is not going to be tolerated,” he told the board.
The Truckee River alcohol ban was first imposed in 2008 in an effort to address several problems with rafters, such as driving under the influence, indecent exposure and fighting.
“Ten to 20 years ago we had 80 to 100 arrests,” Ausnow said, “In 2011 that number was seventeen.”
Richard Courcier, owner of the family business Truckee River Rafting, said he now feels comfortable renting to families knowing the spring-break atmosphere is no longer downstream.
“A lot of locals thought we would be against the ban,” he told the board. “But my business has gone up.”
Before the ban, Courcier said he would pick up four to five truckloads of trash — primarily beer cans and “popped” kids’ floaties. Now his clean-up efforts hardly fill one truck, he said.
Aside from including Chambers Landing Beach — which officials said has become more popular with people drinkng since the ban began — supervisors also voted to make July 1-6 the official timespan for the Truckee River alcohol ban.
Press releases, signage, social media and other means will be used by officials to spread the word.
Violations are punishable by a fine of $150 for the first, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for the third occurrence (within a calendar year).