Plan for road closures and alcohol ban on area beaches for holiday weekend |

Plan for road closures and alcohol ban on area beaches for holiday weekend

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office expects heavy traffic congestion in the areas of Nevada Beach, Round Hill, Zephyr Cove, Lower Kingsbury Grade and the Stateline casino core because of Sunday’s fireworks displays.

Displays are expected to begin around 9:45 p.m. and attract an estimated 100,000 people.

Elks Point Road will be closed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 no later than 4:30 p.m. because of the heavy traffic expected in the area, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

During the closure, no vehicles will be allowed to enter lower Elks Point Road unless proof of residency or campsite occupancy is established, according to the statement. Elks Point Road will remain closed until the completion of the fireworks displays.

Lower Lake Parkway may also close to inbound traffic after the fireworks display depending on the volume of traffic, according to the statement, which also reminded residents and visitors that the possession of fireworks is illegal in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Anyone found in violation of the fireworks ordinance faces fines of up to $1,000 and confinement in the county jail for a period of up to six months, according to the statement.

Alcohol ban

An annual alcohol ban will also be in effect at Nevada Beach, Zephyr Cove Resort, Zephyr Shoals, and the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows during the Fourth of July weekend, according to a separate statement from the U.S. Forest Service.

This ban was put in place to reduce the drunkenness and violence experienced in previous years, according to the statement. The entrance to Nevada Beach, as well as the beach itself, will have a heavy law enforcement presence.

Any cooler, backpack, bag, purse or other container that could reasonably carry an alcoholic beverage is subject to inspection and or seizure anywhere inside Nevada Beach Park, according to the statement.

Day-use fees at Pope, Baldwin, and Nevada beaches will again be $20 to cover increased security and facility maintenance costs.

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