Oh my gosh, you guys, the weather is so nice in the Outer Sunset. However, as we reported yesterday, some Ocean Beach-goers, unfamiliar with the laws of the land, are getting issued expensive tickets for alcohol possession or consumption.

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While we’ve been unable to confirm with the US Park Police that enforcement has been stepped up, readers continue to report seeing more officers than usual (we can speculate: warm weather?) ticketing folks who are breaking the Ocean Beach booze laws. Which are, according to Golden Gate National Recreation Area Law Enforcement Specialist Marybeth G. McFarland, that you’re not allowed to drink booze on the beach, or have any open containers of alcohol.

Why? Because, she says, quoting the regulation to us (we’ve pasted the entire rule below, and you can read all the Golden Gate National Recreation Area rules and regs here), there’s a “history of aberrant behavior directly attributed to the use of alcohol which has led to assaults, unruly crowds, disorderly conduct, and vandalism to both public and private property.” You could apply that to the whole planet, right? She just chuckled politely at that one.

McFarland hastens to add that “all glass containers are prohibited on the beach, because they break and people have gotten hurt.” So remember that before you try that half-and-half peach schnapps and peach Faygo trick (my high school boyfriend’s beverage of choice!).

The penalty if you get caught? McFarland says it’s a $100 ticket (plus $25.00 processing fee) and if you’re under $21, $200 (plus the $25 fee). Worth the risk? That’s for you to decide.

36 CFR 2.35 -ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:

Alcatraz Island
Fort Point National Historic Site (inside the Fort)
Merrie Way parking and sidewalks
Muir Woods National Monument
Navy Memorial parking
Ocean Beach, including walkway and seawall.
Sutro Baths

Special prohibitions at Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths, Merrie Way, Navy Memorial, and Battery Chamberlin are required due to the history of aberrant behavior directly attributed to the use of alcohol which has led to assaults, unruly crowds, disorderly conduct, and vandalism to both public and private property. Prohibition at Fort Point NHS, Muir Woods NM and Alcatraz Island is intended to reduce conflict between users and enhance visitor safety.

the author

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

    Your high school boyfriend drank Faygo? Was he was a juggalo?

  • Xenu

    Your high school boyfriend drank Faygo? Was he was a juggalo?

  • Eve Batey

    You underestimate my age, sir. The Insane Clown Posse did not exist back then, and we all listened to the wireless in the snow, uphill.

  • Eve Batey

    You underestimate my age, sir. The Insane Clown Posse did not exist back then, and we all listened to the wireless in the snow, uphill.

  • aimarie

    Daamn. Now I feel really luck that the cops who busted up my bonfire a few weeks ago decided not to ticket (although it still sucked to have our party pooped)!

  • aimarie

    Daamn. Now I feel really luck that the cops who busted up my bonfire a few weeks ago decided not to ticket (although it still sucked to have our party pooped)!

  • Sunset Citizen

    Fans of Ocean Beach at sunset and after dark might be interested in a proposed project that will ruin the evening skies at Ocean Beach and take up parking places in the Ocean Beach lots. There is a proposal to build a sports complex directly across the Great Highway, in Golden Gate Park. It will have plastic grass fields and 60 foot stadium lights that are turned on before sunset and stay on until 10:00 p.m. every night of the year. The lights will shine over the low trees that line the Great Highway. To get an idea of what the lights will look like, go to 40th Avenue and Wawona any evening after dark. The lights are visible all the way down to La Playa. Overflow parking from a new championship field will be directed to the Ocean Beach parking lot.

    There are alternatives to this project that should be explored, so that people can enjoy active recreation AND Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach can be saved as parkland.

    To learn more, sign on to: http://www.sfoceanedge.org

  • Sunset Citizen

    Fans of Ocean Beach at sunset and after dark might be interested in a proposed project that will ruin the evening skies at Ocean Beach and take up parking places in the Ocean Beach lots. There is a proposal to build a sports complex directly across the Great Highway, in Golden Gate Park. It will have plastic grass fields and 60 foot stadium lights that are turned on before sunset and stay on until 10:00 p.m. every night of the year. The lights will shine over the low trees that line the Great Highway. To get an idea of what the lights will look like, go to 40th Avenue and Wawona any evening after dark. The lights are visible all the way down to La Playa. Overflow parking from a new championship field will be directed to the Ocean Beach parking lot.

    There are alternatives to this project that should be explored, so that people can enjoy active recreation AND Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach can be saved as parkland.

    To learn more, sign on to: http://www.sfoceanedge.org