The weather is beautiful on the West side of SF, inspiring folks to head out to Ocean Beach to lounge around and get barked at by my very bad dogs. But some of those beachgoers might end up paying big time for that trip, as some are saying a crackdown on alcohol use on the beach is leaving these fungoers with hefty tickets, or worse.

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For example, a reader sent in this picture of two US Park Police saying that he observed two different groups of people getting ticketed for booze offenses yesterday. According to the National Parks Service, the possession and/or consumption of alcohol is not allowed on Ocean Beach, including the walkway that runs up to the Cliff House.

But I’ve drank on the beach tons of times! You’re saying, right? Yeah, us too. But it looks like the Park cops are cracking down, if our reader’s account is any indication.

We’ve placed numerous calls to the US Park Police to see if we can confirm any stepped up enforcement, as well as to get a better idea of the fine structure for Ocean Beach alcohol offenses, but haven’t been able to get a call back from them.

When we do, we’ll be sure to update — but until then, hooky players/funemployees, if you’re headed to Ocean Beach, best to forgo the liquor.

Update: US Park Police spokesperson Sgt. Thomas Hart didn’t have any info on any booze enforcement specifics, but referred us to someone who might, as well as to someone with more info on how much a ticket for a booze offense might be. We’re following up on that now, more soon on those fronts.

However, he did offer a response to Xenu’s comment wondering if the Park PD stopped patrolling after 10 PM, saying “the US Park Police is a 24-7 operation like any police force, and the Ocean Beach area is always manned and patrolled.” So keep your bottle at home, Xenu!

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Xenu

    Not sure if this is still the case, but it used to be that the patrol officers’ last shift ended around 10pm, and after that point it was pure anarchy.

  • Xenu

    Not sure if this is still the case, but it used to be that the patrol officers’ last shift ended around 10pm, and after that point it was pure anarchy.

  • Alex Zepeda

    Twaaaat? The last time I was at Ocean Beach, the park rangers came around to check for booze and whatnot around 10pm. They also offered up some useful advice: anyone parked in the Ocean Beach parking lot after 10pm would be ticketed.

  • Alex Zepeda

    Twaaaat? The last time I was at Ocean Beach, the park rangers came around to check for booze and whatnot around 10pm. They also offered up some useful advice: anyone parked in the Ocean Beach parking lot after 10pm would be ticketed.

  • bloomsm

    I drive down the Great Highway almost daily and late at night, I see Federal Police out in the parking lots long past dark. Pretty much every Friday in high school was spent dodging park police at Baker Beach or OB, or being chased by MPs in the Presidio.

    The other big no-no is smoking herb on the beach. I have seen at least three teenagers get arrested for that. The key to remember is that Ocean Beach is under federal jurisdiction, so don’t expect any leniency that a local SFPD officer would show.

  • bloomsm

    I drive down the Great Highway almost daily and late at night, I see Federal Police out in the parking lots long past dark. Pretty much every Friday in high school was spent dodging park police at Baker Beach or OB, or being chased by MPs in the Presidio.

    The other big no-no is smoking herb on the beach. I have seen at least three teenagers get arrested for that. The key to remember is that Ocean Beach is under federal jurisdiction, so don’t expect any leniency that a local SFPD officer would show.

  • PhilD

    I’ve been forced of the beach due to booze after 10pm. But that was a few years ago and we certainly didn’t get a ticket, though they may have taken a bottle.

  • PhilD

    I’ve been forced of the beach due to booze after 10pm. But that was a few years ago and we certainly didn’t get a ticket, though they may have taken a bottle.

  • renegade

    Except for a few days per year, OB is foggy, windy, overcast, and cold, where you can’t even wade in the water. The closest human neighbors are across a four lane highway. So the feds waste tax dollars busting people who party under the most miserable conditions. Pathetic.

  • renegade

    Except for a few days per year, OB is foggy, windy, overcast, and cold, where you can’t even wade in the water. The closest human neighbors are across a four lane highway. So the feds waste tax dollars busting people who party under the most miserable conditions. Pathetic.