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Gulf Shores Votes to Keep Alcohol Ban

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The public beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama will be alcohol-free once again next year for Spring Break.

The Gulf Shores City Council voted unanimously last night to reinstate a ban on alcohol on the city’s beaches from March 4 through April 16 of next year. The ban applies to everyone, and no alcohol will be allowed to be possessed or consumed on the beaches during that time period.

Last year, the City Council quickly instated an alcohol ban during Spring Break after thousands of revelers chose Gulf Shores as a backup plan. That came after Panama City Beach, Florida officials decided to ban alcohol from its beaches and implement a curfew on the city’s bars. Gulf Shores officials say the crowds overwhelmed the area’s police force and trashed the beach.

The ban in Gulf Shores will only be in effect next year. The council plans to revisit the issue to see if the ban should continue in 2018.

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