INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Regional law enforcement is pulling out all the stops to ensure Incline Village is covered for Fourth of July Weekend.
Along with increased foot and vehicle patrols, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will bring a fleet of eight motorcycles to the community, said Lt. Jeff Clark, commander of the Incline Village Substation.
On Lake Tahoe, Clark said the Marine 10 and Marine 20 rescue vessels will be out, joined by boats from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and U.S. Coast Guard.
Further, the department’s gang unit will be here for the weekend, and a mobile WCSO command post will be stationed at Ski Beach, he said.
While the uptick in patrols is common for the holiday weekend, it follows the Incline Village General Improvement District’s decision to staff the entrances to Ski, Incline and Burnt Cedar beaches until 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4.
The move restricts access to beach-only residents and their guests, effectively disallowing members of the general public to get an up-front view of the eighth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue fireworks, scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
“I’m really concerned about that,” Clark said Wednesday. “… But IVGID has made those rules, and it is a private beach. We’re going to try and keep the peace and ensure that everyone understands that they certainly can put their lawn chairs on Lakeshore and enjoy the fireworks.”
That’s possible, Clark said, considering the stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard between Country Club and Village boulevards will be closed to through traffic from 8 p.m. July 4 until the crowds have dispersed.
Further, the eastbound lane of Lakeshore will be closed between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. on July 4.
Considering the potential that people will have to be denied access, IVGID is planning increased security and beach patrols for the Fourth. Further, RWTB has hired extra security through High Sierra Patrol for the beach crowds.
“One thing that I want to make clear — none of this is costing taxpayers anything. We’re not paying any overtime,” Clark said. “Without any other events happening — there are the fireworks in Sparks, but nothing is needed to be manned in Reno — it’s allowing us to be fully staffed in Incline.”
The Nevada Highway Patrol also will have a minimum of five troopers patrolling Incline for the weekend.