Walton County to take aggressive stand during Spring Break

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office wants residents to know they are ready for spring break, and they want spring breakers to know they are going to be “aggressive.”

Deputies addressed issues such as parking, noise, burglary, under-age drinking, intoxication, and their plans to respond at a town-hall style meeting Tuesday morning at the Sheriff's Sub Station in South Walton.

Intoxication is the chief problem associated with spring break, which can lead to dangerous behavior and drunk driving, said Lt. Robert Gray.

Last year, deputies wrote 1098 Notice to Appears, primarily for underage drinking. Gray said this year, they want spring breakers to know "we're going to take you to jail."

"We're going to take an aggressive stance," he said. "We don't want another Panama City . Spring break started in Daytona and they tore it up; then they came to Panama City ."

In addition to intoxication, Gray said they will also be cracking down on under-age use of tobacco, marijuana, fireworks, and bonfires and dogs on the beach.

"We are going to take an aggressive stance on everything," he said.

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