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New laws combat spring break chaos in beach communities

With last year’s trouble at Panama City Beach, many are predicting more people will travel to Gulf Shores for their spring vacation. With last year’s trouble at Panama City Beach, many are predicting more people will travel to Gulf Shores for their spring vacation.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (WTVM) -

Many people from the Valley area will join the wave of thousands of people flocking to the gulf coast for spring break in the coming weeks.

With that in mind, it's important to remember several changes implemented in popular spring break spots such as Gulf Shores, AL and Panama City Beach, FL.

Panama City Beach officials have enacted several changes after a rash of violent incidents last year, most notably banning alcohol consumption on the beach during the month of March. 

The new spring break laws which had been challenged in court by some PCB businesses would also cut off alcohol sales and consumption at 2 a.m. in bars and restrict parking on Front Beach Road after dark.

It also would require an ID while drinking alcohol on the beach outside the month of March. In Gulf Shores, beach equipment, camps and other compounds will no longer be allowed to be left on the beach overnight. Officials warn if you don't remove it, you will lose it.

With last year’s trouble at Panama City Beach, many are predicting more people will travel to Gulf Shores for their spring vacation.

Officials there say there will be extra patrols with additional uniformed and undercover officers on the beach to keep chaos at a minimum and preserve the area’s reputation as a family-friendly destination. 

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