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Have a fun and safe 4th at the beach

12:15 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Fourth of July safety is on a lot of peoples minds on the First Coast. Especially after the Memorial Day brawl at Jacksonville Beach.

Jacksonville Beach police will be out in full force, as expected, on foot, bike, and ATV. Barricades are in place to block off the roads and no parking signs are ready to keep the streets cleared.

"Planning for special events at the beach usually starts a few months early," says Jacksonville Beach Police Sgt. Tommy Crumley. 

Thousands of people will be at the beach and it could become easy for kids to get lost. Sgt. Crumley reminds you to keep a close watch over children.

"Either locate a police officer, or if they're on the beach, locate the first lifeguard, show them the lifeguard chairs and show them where the lifeguards are and let them know they're their friends. If they lose mommy or daddy, they should go to them immediately, that way it helps us relocate a child as fast as possible," says Sgt. Crumley

It's also a good idea to take a picture on your phone of what he or she is wearing before you leave the house. With the thousands of people headed to the beach, there of course have to be some rules.

There are signs around with rules to follow.  There is no outside food and drinks, and no alcohol.  Also, there are no weapons allowed. Discharging firearms in city limits is illegal.

"Those rounds have to come down somewhere, unfortunately there's people every year that are injured, not necessarily in our city, but across the nation it's a problem so we ask everyone please do not do that," says Sgt. Crumley.

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