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Alcohol, fireworks banned many places for Fourth

Staff Reports

Possession of personal fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers is illegal across the Sierra Front by anyone but a licensed pyrotechnician conducting one of the shows across the region.

Possession of fireworks of any kind, including firecrackers and sparklers, is illegal in the Sierra Front, which includes Lake Tahoe and Douglas County.

There’s a $1,000 fine for anyone found violating Douglas County code.

Possession or consumption of alcohol on many Tahoe beaches is illegal during July 4, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

“The county code was implemented to reduce the many acts of drunkenness and violence associated with alcohol consumption that were experienced on the beach in previous years,” Douglas officials said.

Any violation of this ordinance is an infraction, punishable by a fine up to $1,000.

Signs about the ordinance will be posted at the entrance to Nevada Beach on the 4th of July.

Alcohol is banned at Zephyr Cove Resort, and Zephyr Shoals (the former Dreyfus Estate) from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4, according to Forest Service Spokeswoman Lisa Herron said.

Law enforcement from the Forest Service, Douglas and Placer counties, the Carson City, and private security staff will be checking coolers, backpacks, bags, purses or other containers looking for alcohol. Any alcohol found is subject to seizure.

Designated areas for the possession and or consumption of alcoholic beverages will be established at specific locations at or near the resort. Anyone found in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages outside of these established areas on federal lands shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $5,000.

In addition, county and state laws ban the possession or consumption of alcohol on the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows and Chamber’s Landing Beach on the West Shore, beginning July 1 and continuing through July 6.

Day-use parking fees for July 4 at Pope, Baldwin, and Nevada beaches will be $20 and at Zephyr Cove Beach $25 to cover increased security and facility maintenance costs of the holiday.

Fire restrictions on National Forest System land in the Lake Tahoe Basin begin on Friday.

Visitors should expect heavy traffic in the areas of Nevada Beach, Round Hill, Zephyr Cove, lower Kingsbury Grade and the Stateline Casino Core are expected. Lower Lake Parkway may be closed to ingress traffic after the fireworks display should the volume of traffic dictate the need for such a closure. Motorists are cautioned to anticipate delays while traveling in these areas.

Elks Point Road will be closed at the intersection of Highway 50 no later than 4:30 p.m.

At that time, no vehicles will be allowed to enter lower Elks Point Road unless proof of residency or proof of campsite occupancy is established. Elks Point Road will remain closed until the completion of the fireworks display.