July 4th traditionally draws a large crowd to the Santa Cruz area. In order to maintain a safe environment, the Santa Cruz Police Department has deployed additional law enforcement resources in the past and plans to provide the same level of resources for this year’s holiday.
This year as in previous years the department will be asking the City Council to enact a Safety Enhancement Zone. The Zone creates triple fines for some municipal code violations in the following specific areas: the Yacht Harbor on the east, proceeding west on Murray Street as it becomes E Cliff Drive and San Lorenzo Boulevard, south on Riverside to 3rd Street, east on Beach Street and continuing 100 feet from the southern- or eastern-most curb along W. Cliff Drive to Natural Bridges State Beach; and that the safety enhancement zone will extend from these boundaries to the Pacific Ocean.
To help cut through the clutter the Zone is basically the coastal areas of Santa Cruz city limits.
Additionally, in order to provide a safe environment for residents and visitors in Santa Cruz on July 4th, several streets will be closed from 7 p.m. to midnight. They include:
- The Murray Street Bridge between Seabright Avenue and 7th Avenue. (Access to the Harbor
from Santa Cruz will be off 7th Avenue via Capitola Road.)
- All roads south of E. Cliff Drive between Buena Vista Avenue and the Yacht Harbor.
Residents, Aldo’s Restaurant patrons, and Chardonnay Sailing Charters passengers will be allowed in. Local businesses and residents affected by the street closures and the “No Parking/Tow Away” zones will be notified seven (7) days prior and also three (3) days prior to Independence Day.