Gulf Shores the latest to ban alcohol on beaches during Spring Break

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People cleaning the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. (Image courtesy of MGN Online)

GULF SHORES, Ala. –  The Gulf Shores City Council has enacted a temporary ban on alcohol on its beaches, effective immediately according to our newspartners at al.com.

During a special meeting on Friday, the proposal was unanimously adopted to prohibit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages along the entire Gulf beaches within city limits.  The ban is in effect through April 17.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft has said that excessive alcohol consumption was becoming a problem.

"The city has a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents and visitors and an obligation to protect the reputation of the city as a family-friendly destination," said Craft. "In order to keep spring break in Gulf Shores a safe environment, it is time we take action."

Anyone in violation of this new ordinance will be fined up to $500 or face up to six months in jail.

"Gulf Shores has long been known as a favorite beach destination for families from across the Southeast and Midwest," said Craft. "In recent years, we have seen an increase in students coming here for spring break, and we again want to reiterate that we are a family-friendly destination that welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy our beaches and destination responsibly. We as city leaders have an obligation to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our citizens and our visitors and to protect our beaches."

Gulf Shores is following suit of Panama City, Fla., where the same decision was made earlier this month.