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Fourth of July 2000 Beach Closures

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Date: June 27, 2000
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Point Reyes National Seashore announced today that two beaches in the park, Drakes Beach and Limantour Beach, will close at 8 pm on the Fourth of July. The evening closures were implemented due to past holidays when very large crowds and widespread use of alcohol and illegal fireworks resulted in an environment potentially hazardous to park visitors.

Point Reyes National Seashore joins many other parks in the San Francisco Bay Area in enforcing a ban on all fireworks. The Seashore hosts an incredible diversity of wildlife that can be seriously impacted by the noise of fireworks. Because of the potential risk of wildfires, the park is asking all visitors to be especially “fire safe” this year and help to ensure no wildfires are started. All visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore are encouraged to be extremely cautious due to the thick vegetation cover this year.

Superintendent Don Neubacher stated, “We strive to ensure park visitors may enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July. Drakes Beach has traditionally been popular with the local community and we welcome visitors and families to park beaches for a safe holiday.” He also stated, “The park wants to be extremely cautious because of the potential for a large wildfire as illustrated by the 1995 Vision Fire.”

For more information, please contact the Ranger Office at 415-464-5170.

-NPS-

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Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

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