PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
March 7, 2017
“Flagler County Schools’ Spring Break 2017”
Spring Break for our local Flagler County School students begins Monday, March 13, and runs through Friday, March 17, 2017, coinciding with Bike Week. The Flagler Beach Police Department anticipates heavier than usual crowds at our Beach, on our roadways, and at our businesses during this busy week.
In an effort to provide a safe environment during the event for our residents and visitors, the Flagler Beach Police Department has requested, and will be receiving, additional Law Enforcement resources from the following agencies:
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco
According to Chief Matt Doughney, “the influx of vehicular and pedestrian traffic for these two (2) overlapping events will provide unique challenges for our Department. Sheriff Staly has graciously provided additional Deputies to assist our Officers throughout this year’s event. The additional staffing of Deputies partnering with our Officers is an example of teamwork and inter-agency cooperation at its finest.”
The goal for the additional Law Enforcement is to provide a safe environment for residents, visitors and business owners alike. Flagler Beach encourages visitors to enjoy all the City has to offer, but asks that our City Ordinances and State Laws are respected, and that you clean up after yourselves. Doughney continued, “If your goal for Spring Break is to come to our City and misbehave, you will not be welcome. Law Enforcement Officers will be on hand to address your behavior accordingly.”
“Agents from our State’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco did an absolutely outstanding job during last year’s 4th of July celebration,” noted Chief Doughney. “Inviting State Agents back for Spring Break to address underage drinking on the Beach provides yet another layer of Law Enforcement”.
Officers and Deputies will focus their combined efforts on the expeditious movement of traffic in and around the core downtown area, specifically State Routes 100 and A1A.
In addition to traffic management throughout the week, Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the downtown area on ATV’s, bicycles, motorcycles and on foot patrol. Law Enforcement’s areas of concern for the event are underage drinking, littering, illegal parking, and physical disturbances that tend to be caused by and/or associated with underage drinking or narcotics usage.
If you have any questions regarding this year’s Spring Break event, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2020.